Pervious Concrete

Pervious concrete pavement is an important step in protecting our groundwater. It's a green product made of water sand and stone like regular concrete. This technology uses a paste to coat and bind the aggregate together creating a permeable system that rain water will flow through. For parking areas this is particularly important. Where once stormwater was funneled into storm drains and into our lakes and streams, pervious concrete parking areas permit water to flow through, allowing it to seep into the ground, recharging groundwater. This reduces stormwater runoff and meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stormwater regulations.

In fact, the use of pervious concrete is among the Best Management Practices (BMPs) recommended by the EPA-- and by other agencies and geotechnical engineers across the country-- for the management of stormwater runoff on a regional and local basis. This pavement technology creates more efficient land use by eliminating the need for retention ponds, swales, and other stormwater management devices. In doing so, pervious concrete has the ability to lower overall project costs on a first-cost basis.*

* National Ready Mix Concrete Association.

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