In a country which lies largely below sea level, water management is a key issue. The Dutch have been experts in keeping their feet dry ever since they settled in the marshy lands surrounding the Rhine delta, and today many countries and cities around the world call in help from Holland whenever they face a water-related challenge.
Since the realization of the Delta Works, a large system of dams, dykes, locks and storm surge barriers in the Southwest of the country, the seafront is safe. A bigger challenge than horizontal water is vertical water: salty groundwater pushing through the polders, but mainly the increase in precipitation due to the climate change.
The Dutch approach this challenge in an equally innovative and pragmatic manner, with projects including land reclamation, water retention squares, underground rainwater storage and house boat neighbourhoods.
Our 10-minute video ‘Living on Water’ tells you more about water management in Holland, before taking you to four floating housing projects in Amsterdam!
The projects presented are part of our tours in IJburg and Buiksloterham.