Extra water in IJsselmeer as buffer
28 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Officials of the Ministry of Waterways and Public Works (Rijkswaterstaat) are going to raise the water level of the IJssel Lake as a buffer supply of fresh water.
28 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — Officials of the Ministry of Waterways and Public Works (Rijkswaterstaat) are going to raise the water level of the IJssel Lake as a buffer supply of fresh water.
The lake, created by 1932 when the inland Zuider Sea was closed by the Afsluitdam, acts are a major fresh water reserve for agriculture and drinking water in the central Netherlands.
If the climate in August is as hot and dry as July, the waters of the IJssel Lake will be more necessary than ever, Rijkswaterstaat said on Friday.
The level of the IJsselmeer will be raised by 8 centimetres, providing an extra reserve of 100 million cubic metres. Several water companies draw from the Lake. Alternatively, Rijkswaterstaat can, if necessary, re-pump the water back into the polder to maintain the level of the ground water.
Officials say there is sufficient water in the Lake at the moment but this could change if the unusually hot and dry conditions continue in August. Moreover, less water may flow into Dutch rivers in September and October.
Increasing the level of the IJssel Lake involves letting less water flow into the Wadden Sea.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news