Sufficient clean freshwater and usable, reliable information about the water in The Netherlands. Rijkswaterstaat works 24/7 to maintain this situation.
Rijkswaterstaat carefully monitors water levels in the Netherlands along the coastline and in the lakes and rivers. Whenever there is a flood risk, we issue flood warnings as early as possible. In the case of very high tides and when storms occur at sea, Rijkswaterstaat can close the storm surge barriers.
Rijkswaterstaat protects the Netherlands against the risk of flooding in a number of different ways. We also swing into action whenever there is a threat of drought and work to improve the quality of the water in our country. In other words, we are the water managers for the Netherlands.