Dikes

The catchment area of Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard lies partially below sea level. Without dikes this area would be uninhabitable; it would be flooded.

Dikes

The catchment area of Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard lies partially below sea level. Without dikes this area would be uninhabitable; it would be flooded. Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard ensures that the dikes are kept stable and at the required height.

There are several types of dikes:

  • Main water defences: dikes alongside a river
  • Quays : embankments or dikes alongside other waterways
  • Natural water defences: that serve as emergency water barriers

In order to ensure the stability of the dikes Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard  has set rules and regulations for activities and objects near or on water defences. These regulations are bundled in an official legal document called the ‘Keur’.

If the weather forecasts indicate extremely high water levels and storms the dike wardens are mobilised.