The Scheldestromen Water Board is the governmental body responsible for protecting Zeeland against floods by managing the 525-kilometre sea defences. The water board also ensures that the outer areas are accessible by managing and maintaining more than 3,900 kilometres of roads. This makes the Scheldestromen Water Board the largest road manager in Zeeland.
Apart from protection against flooding by seawater, the water board is also responsible for the collection and disposal of excess rainwater - to make sure you can keep your feet dry. In dry periods the water board ensures that the water is retained for as long as possible. The water board does this by managing over 11,000 km of ditches, creeks, watercourses and polder pumping stations.
Another of the water board's tasks is to make sure that wastewater produced by households and companies is purified. This is done using 17 wastewater purification plants In Zeeland. On average, we use 125 litres of tap water per person per day for showering, cooking and washing.
Clean water is becoming scarcer. The Scheldestromen water board purifies sewage water before it goes back into nature. We also try to prevent contamination of the surface waters.
Rising sea levels, large amounts of rain in short periods and stringent environmental regulations are all making the work of the water board increasingly important. The work of the Scheldestromen Water Board is financed by the taxpayer.
To carry out all these tasks, the water board levies the following taxes:
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