01 Frequently asked questions

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Frequently asked questions

Every day Rijkswaterstaat receives a great many enquiries from abroad. The following list contains some of the recent most frequently asked questions.

Is it possible to visit one of RWS’s locations/structures?

Rijkswaterstaat regularly receives requests from abroad for a visit to our structures (storm flood barriers, locks, dams, tunnels, etc.). If you wish to make an official visit for business, diplomatic or academic purposes, please complete our contact form. For recreational visits, please go to the website of the relevant location

Where can I find information about Rijkswaterstaat’s organisation?

Rijkswaterstaat is the executive agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment dedicated to promoting safety, mobility and the quality of life in the Netherlands. We want to live in a country that is protected against flooding, where there is sufficient green space and an adequate supply of clean water, and where we can travel quickly and safely from A to B. Every day, the staff of Rijkswaterstaat devote themselves to finding sustainable solutions designed to promote safety, mobility and the quality of life in the Netherlands.
For more information about our organisation, please visit our page on our organisation.
If you can’t find the answer to your question on the website, you can always contact Rijkswaterstaat’s National Information Line using the contact form.

I would like to do business with Rijkswaterstaat. Where can I find more information about the possibilities?

Information about the business opportunities at Rijkswaterstaat can be found at doing business with Rijkswaterstaat.

If you can’t find the answer to your question on the website, you can always contact Rijkswaterstaat’s National Information Line using the contact form.

I would like to know more about how Rijkswaterstaat protects the Netherlands against flooding.

To learn more about Rijkswaterstaat and how the Netherlands protects itself against flooding, please visit our page on protection against water.

If you can’t find the answer to your question on the website, you can always contact Rijkswaterstaat’s National Information Line using the contact form.

Where can I find publications by Rijkswaterstaat?

Publications such as annual reports, fact sheets, videos, etc. can be found at publications.
If you are looking for data or statistics, you will find them at facts & figures.
If you can’t find the answer to your question on the website, you can always contact Rijkswaterstaat’s National Information Line using the contact form.

What precisely is the ‘Room for the River’ project?

The goal of the Dutch Room for the River Programme is to give rivers more room in order to manage higher water levels. At more than 30 locations, measures are being taken to increase the capacity of rivers and allow them to flood safely. Moreover, the measures are being designed in such a way as to improve the quality of the immediate surroundings. For more information, please go to Room for the River.

I am looking for information about storm surge barriers and the Delta Works.

High water levels are a constant threat for the Netherlands. Rijkswaterstaat implements numerous measures for coping with large volumes of water, both now and in the future. The Delta Works and storm surge barriers play an important role in Rijkswaterstaat’s strategy for water management. For more information about the Delta Works and storm surge barriers, please go to protection against water.

If you can’t find the answer to your question on the website, you can always contact Rijkswaterstaat’s National Information Line using the contact form.

What are Rijkswaterstaat’s tasks in relation to the environment and quality of life?

Rijkswaterstaat’s has traditionally played a role in improving the living environment. As manager of the road and inland waterway networks and the water system, Rijkswaterstaat performs important tasks in relation to the environment, such as containing blue algae and cleaning the beds of rivers and lakes, but also constructing nature-friendly river banks, ecoducts and wildlife tunnels. 

Rijkswaterstaat performs all of the executive tasks relating to the environment and the quality of life for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, but also implements programmes for other clients, including local authorities and other ministries. 

You will find detailed information about the themes covered by Rijkswaterstaat and its programmes on the page Rijkswaterstaat Environment.

Where can I find more information about Rijkswaterstaat as an international partner?

Rijkswaterstaat is a partner in a great many international projects. If you are curious about our international activities, visit the page international cooperation. If you can’t find the answer to your question on the website, you can always contact Rijkswaterstaat’s National Information Line using the contact form.

How can I contact Rijkswaterstaat?

For details of how to contact Rijkswaterstaat, visit our contact page.