What is Porous Paving?
Porous paving is a way to redesign the paved surfaces around your property, such as driveways, walkways and patios, to help manage stormwater.
Porous paving can mean paving stones, bricks or pavers or a special mix of concrete or asphalt that has pores for water to soak through.
Why Install Porous Paving?
Paved areas cause water to “sheet” into storm drains, carrying pollution to our sewers and waterways.
Porous paving mimics the way that natural land absorbs water and allows water to filter through the soil and recharge groundwater aquifers.
Porous pavement performs just as well as conventional asphalt or concrete, and is very similar in cost.
Porous pavement can help to prevent slick driveways and walkways as well as flooding.
Pavers are an attractive alternative to concrete and asphalt that will provide a unique look for your yard and home.
How to Install Pavers
Pavers are an attractive, durable and environmentally-friendly alternative to asphalt or concrete.
Follow these Paver Installation Instructions instructions to lay pavers in your own yard.
If you would like to replace an impervious paved surface with porous pavement, see Depaving Instructions to first depave the area.
Porous concrete and asphalt mixes will require professionals for design and installation. See resources below.
Porous Pavement Resources
EPA Factsheet: Porous Asphalt
EPA Factsheet: Porous Concrete
Pervious Concrete: An Overview
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