The implementation of the Delta Decision and the preferential strategy is on schedule. The placement of pumps in the IJsselmeer Closure Dam to expand the discharge capacity – a component of the IJsselmeer Closure Dam Project – will be contracted out in 2018. The contractor will be required to have the additional discharge capacity operational by no later than 2022. The final water level ordinance for the IJsselmeer Region, which sets out flexible water level management, is expected to come into force in early 2018. The pumps and the water level ordinance are essential elements of the Delta Decision on the IJsselmeer Region.