Channel and lock of Bath (1980-1987)

The Bath Sluice is the only part of the Deltaworks that is not built to defend against water. The Bath Canal and the Bath Sluice have been constructed to drain the excess fresh water from the Zoommeer, Volkerak and the Markiezaatsmeer.

The drainage system consists of a canal of 8 kilometers long, 140 meters wide and 7 meters deep, which runs parallel to the Scheldt-Rhine Canal. It runs from the Zoommeer to the sluice in the Westerschelde near Bath. Up to 8.5 million cubic meters of water per day can be discharged into the Westerschelde.

Bathse Spuisluis
Bathse Spuisluis


The construction of the sluice starts in 1980. Preparations to build the canal commence in 1982. At the end of May 1986 the canal is finished, followed by the sluice in 1987. Wide banks of reeds are installed along the canal, so that the embankments look as natural as possible and blend into the landscape. Digging out the Bathse Spuikanaal results in 8 million cubic meters of extra soil, which Rijkswaterstaat then partly uses to construct another project of the Deltaworks: the Oesterdam.