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Inspiring actions to prepare ourselves for water challenges
“We know how vulnerable water makes us. Recently, all our locks were closed, with water from the sea flowing towards the IJ, with pouring rain and a technical malfunction making it even more challenging. It is very clear that Amsterdam must be better prepared.
By greening the city and collecting more water, but also by optimizing our water management and taking more extreme precipitation and higher water levels into account when constructing new neighborhoods. Already some inspiring examples are implemented, to prepare ourselves for these water challenges.
To name just a few, my fellow citizens are busy all over the city by removing the tiles in their gardens. Schools are greening their squares. Companies are collecting rainwater under their grounds. Artificial turf pitches with water collections are installed so that extreme rain is absorbed and the grass remains useful. Trees have been planted on roofs and suspended construction. All new buildings are now required to collect rainwater so that the sewer system is not overloaded and new green spaces have been created.
I’m impressed by all these small and bigger initiatives and the positive energy that encourages action. But we still have a long way to go.”