For the past 60 years, not a single person has been killed in floods in the Netherlands. This is partly thanks to our dikes.
As the Netherlands wants to be well-prepared for a natural disaster, we have decided to apply even stricter dike safety standards as of 2015. As a result, over the next few years Rijkswaterstaat and the regional water authorities will face the largest dike reinforcement operation ever undertaken. Over 1,100 km of dikes and 256 locks and pumps will require maintenance by 2028. The work will be spread among nearly 300 projects located throughout the country, along the coast, lakes and major rivers. Achieving this goal will only be possible if we can develop a new perspective on Dutch dikes and on dike reinforcement. Everything will have to be done quicker, better and more efficiently. This process is being conducted as part of the Flood Protection Programme, a dike reinforcement programme that will cost the Netherlands € 7.4 billion.
If you require more information, please contact Miranda Mens (+316-53215501) or Ron Sinnige (+316-50166327).