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Permeable Pavement

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Permeable pavement is a type of pavement that allows water to pass through it, rather than running off into stormwater systems. Permeable pavement can be used for sidewalks, driveways, and other areas where traditional pavement is typically used.

There are several benefits to using permeable pavement:

  • Stormwater management: Permeable pavement can help to reduce stormwater runoff by allowing water to infiltrate into the ground rather than running off into stormwater systems. This can help to prevent erosion, flooding, and water pollution.

  • Increased infiltration: Permeable pavement allows water to infiltrate into the ground, which can help to recharge groundwater supplies.

  • Cooler surface temperatures: Permeable pavement can be cooler than traditional pavement, which can be beneficial in areas with hot climates.

  • Aesthetically pleasing: Permeable pavement can be used to create visually appealing patterns and designs.

There are a few different types of permeable pavement, including pervious concrete, porous asphalt, and permeable pavers. Each type has its own benefits and limitations, and the right choice will depend on the specific needs of the project.

Permeable pavement requires regular maintenance to ensure that it is functioning properly. This may include cleaning out the pores of the pavement to remove debris and ensuring that the pavement is properly graded to allow for proper drainage.

Overall, permeable pavement is a sustainable and effective solution for stormwater management and water conservation. If you're considering using permeable pavement for a project, be sure to research the different types and consider the long-term maintenance needs.

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