Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands. This includes the main road network, the main waterway network and water systems.

Water systems

Dry feet, sufficient clean water and reliable and useful information. That is what integrated water management means to Rijkswaterstaat. All measures are planned around the users, nature and the landscape and are carried out in close cooperation with water boards, other public authorities, NGOs and private parties.

The Dutch Association of Regional Water Authorities, Deltares, international committees, municipalities and provinces, nature and environmental organizations, the Government Service for Sustainable Rural Development and private enterprises are among the many parties that Rijkswaterstaat worked with on integrated water management in 2009.

Integrated water management

The goal of the cooperation was to achieve the most efficient and flexible construction, management and maintenance of the main water systems in the Netherlands: the major rivers, the coast, the Wadden Sea, the Southwest Delta, the IJsselmeer region and the North Sea.

Dry feet

The Dutch coast protects us from the sea. That is why it is so important to maintain it properly. Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for this. It is our task to maintain the Dutch coastline at 1990 levels: the basic coastline. By means of beach nourishment, we replenish the sand along the entire coastline, both on the beaches and underwater. On average, we add 12 million m³ of sand every year.

Forecasting by the Watermanagement center helps to take necessary precautions like closure of storm surge barriers and evacuation. Operational forecasts can be found on https://waterberichtgeving.rws.nl (in Dutch only) and https:/noos.matroos.rws.nl .


Photo Tineke Dijkstra

credit: Tineke Dijkstra

Hilde Meijer in overleg met een medewerker van het watermanagementcentrum.

credit: Rijkswaterstaat