Domestic Water Supplies in the Netherlands

Using the Dutch water supply system...

Tap water is drinkable throughout Holland and of a high quality. The water is not flouridated.

The Netherlands is split into geographical water areas. Water boards (Waterschappen) are responsible for flood control, management of regional water resources (quantity and quality) and treatment of urban wastewater.

Water is extracted from rain, underground, lakes and rivers before being purified and pumped to Dutch households. Leakage rates are low at around 6% compared to a European average of 12%.

Water tax is paid by a property owner and the consumer is charged for the amount of water used. In the case of rental accommodation, water bills are usually handled by the agent or landlord and the normal costs passed on to the tenant through the rent. The Association of Water Boards is the group authority.