Published on 14 May 2019
Website 'Waterproof together' launched
Long periods without rainfall or flooding due to heavy downpours. These are weather conditions that the Dutch are increasingly confronted with. In recent years, the extremes have no longer been the exception, but the rule. This requires action not only from the government, but also from residents, in order to keep their feet dry in the future and to retain water for use in drier periods. Anyone can take action themselves, for example by placing a rain barrel, replacing tiles with plants or building green roofs.
For residents of various West-Brabant municipalities from this week on there is an easy way to see how they can make their house and garden waterproof. On the website www.samenwaterproof.com you can fill in the address details to get simple tips that are specifically tailored to their home. Both the concrete possibilities and the costs are laid out. In the meantime, garden centres and DIY stores have many requirements for the adaptation and design of house and garden in their range.
Samen Waterproof ('Waterproof' together) is a joint project of Waterkring de Baronie, in which the municipalities of Zundert, Gilze and Rijen, Alphen Chaam, Baarle-Nassau, Etten-Leur, Rucphen, Breda, Brabant Water and Waterboard Brabantse Delta work together on water management. Aldermen Paul de Beer and René Lazeroms - respectively from Breda and Rucphen - and board member Hans Peter Verroen of the Brabantse Delta Water Board support this cooperation. They see the importance and necessity of everyone's efforts in the context of climate change.
'Samen Waterproof makes it easier for residents to contribute to limiting the consequences of climate change. There are many possibilities to combine decorating your home and garden with a climate-friendly design. From an atmospheric rain barrel to a green roof. Be inspired by the examples and tailored advice on Samen Waterproof', according to the three directors.
By giving residents advice in this simple way, the initiators hope that interested parties will actively work on climate adaptation of their own land and living environment. This easily approachable method can also help persuade local residents to join in.