Administrative Agreement on Water Affairs

The national government, the provincial authorities, the municipalities, the district water boards and the water companies concluded the Administrative Agreement on Water Affairs (Bestuursakkoord Water) in the spring of 2011.

In this document, agreements were set down on the financing of the High Water Protection Programme and structural efficiency gains to the sum of 750 million euros by 2020 for the water system and the water chain. Thus, we will continue to invest in good water management and ensure that the expense for citizens and businesses alike does not increase more than moderately.

High Water Protection Programme

The proposed funding of the High Water Protection Programme will be included in a parliamentary bill. The goal is to submit the bill to the House of Representatives in 2012. This legislation is meant to replace the corresponding components from the external link: 100 million Emergency Act (Spoedwet 100 miljoen, in Dutch), which took effect in 2011.

The High Water Protection Programme (HWPP) is aimed at dams and dikes that do not meet the standards for safety, yet have not been included in other programmes. The High Water Protection Programme also tackles the weak links along the coast. The programme contains approximately 100 measures to strengthen water defences: protection from the sea as well as protection against high water in rivers.