Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland

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Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland
Flag of Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland
Coat of Arms
Coat of arms
Map of all Water Boards, Delfland is indicated by 12
Coordinates: 52°00′N 4°24′E / 52.0°N 4.4°E / 52.0; 4.4Coordinates: 52°00′N 4°24′E / 52.0°N 4.4°E / 52.0; 4.4
Heemraden van Delfland1289
Founded byWilliam I, Duke of Bavaria
Seat (Gemeenlandshuis)Delft
 • DijkgraafMichiel van Haersma Buma[1]
 • Total410 km2 (160 sq mi)
 • Total1,400,000
 • Density3,400/km2 (8,800/sq mi)

The Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland is a Dutch waterboard, which is responsible for water management. It covers the municipalities of Delft, Midden-Delfland and The Hague, and is fully located in the province of South Holland. The organization was established in 1289 when William I, Duke of Bavaria (As William V, Count of Holland) authorized the "Heemraden of Delft" to manage water and serve as a court.[3]


The Hoogheemraadschap is tasked with water quality and water quantity issues in its region. Its main activities are

  • Maintaining safe dykes and dunes. Management is based on both sea and river based flood control.
  • Operation of several wastewater treatment plants of which the one in Harnaschpolder is the largest.


The organization is led by a general board called "verenigde vergadering", consisting of 30 representatives which are representatives of the inhabitants (21 by direct elections), industry (4), owners of open land (mainly farmers) (4) and owners of nature (1). The present constitution is:[4]

Category Party Seats
Industry 4
Open land 4
Nature 1
Inhabitants CDA 3
Inhabitants Partij van de Arbeid 3
Inhabitants VVD 3
Inhabitants Water Natuurlijk 3
Inhabitants Algemene Waterschapspartij 2
Inhabitants Christenunie SGP 1
Inhabitants 55+ 1
Inhabitants Integer Liberaal 3
Inhabitants Partij voor de Dieren 2

The inhabitants parties of VVD, AWP, CDA and Water Natuurlijk together with the representatives of Land and Industry together form the governing coalition. The 5 Hoogheemraden that form with the Dijkgraaf the Dagelijks Bestuur (Executive Council) thus stem from those 5 groups. The civil organization employs 550 people[5] and has a turn over of 260 million euro.[6]


Gemeenlandshuis of Delfland

The gemeenlandshuis at the Oude Delft in Delft houses the main office of the Delfland Water Board. The building is a rijksmonument and was built in 1505.[7] The Late-Gothic building, situated on the Oude Delft 167, was built in 1505. The first owner was Jan de Huyter, bailiff of Delft and steward of Delfland. Later occupants were Philips, Count of Hohenlohe who was married to Maria of Nassau, a daughter of Willem of Orange. The Delfland Water Board has been established here since 1645.

The building contains a large collection of old maps of Delfland. A large number of Coats of Arms cover the sandstone façade . Fortunately the façade was spared during the fire of 1536 which burned through the city of Delft. The main entrance to the Delfland Water Board is now situated on the Phoenixstraat where more recently buildings been added on.


  1. ^ "Staatssecretaris Bruins wordt burgemeester". Trouw (in Dutch). 12 February 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Delfland Water Board". Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Historie". Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Algemene en Verenigde Vergadering". Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Organisatie". Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Begroting 2011" (PDF). Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Gemeenlandshuis of Delfland". Delft.nl. Retrieved 3 January 2012.

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