If you’re looking for an outdoor designed walkway or patio with the added feature of water management, permeable pavers can offer you exactly that. Designed to mimic the natural absorption and runoff of water and soil, permeable pavement is installed with stone or aggregate beneath the surface that allows storm water to permeate through. This filters the water and directs it into underground aquifers. So when rain falls onto your driveway, walkway, or patio, it can be reabsorbed as it seeps beneath the ground through the system and into an aquifer reserve to be used when necessary.
With your own irrigation system and underground water reserve, you can easily save on the use of your water. Using filtered, recycled water can be great for irrigating your land or simply washing your car.
Permeable Pavers in Ottawa
Instead of wasting watering trying to maintain that grass, you can pave over it, save your water and still harness the benefit of soil by storing that runoff storm water for future use. Because permeable pavers are designed to work with water, they can last much longer than conventionally paved areas. So you don’t need to worry about premature cracking or erosion here.
The concept of permeable paved ground can extend well beyond the individual and benefit the community as well. With communities on board, water can be filtered back underground to recharge local groundwater supply for much larger areas. Additionally, they can help encourage self-sustaining ecosystems with a reserve of natural groundwater to draw from. This means you can easily maintain base flows in rivers rather than depleting them.
The Eco-Friendly Choice
So if you’re living in a community where water flow is short, the land is dry and struggling to maintain sufficient water reserves, this modern designed pavement can improve the water supply and preservation of natural ecosystems.
Additionally, without the presence of dry, or dead soil and grass, you can reduce or eliminate the potential for erosion to occur while simultaneously reducing unnecessary water use for landscaping.
With the onset of climate change comes the instability of our environment, and that includes water instability, shortage of supply and drought. With more places like California requiring importation of water, it is vital that individuals and communities strive to reduce and protect the water we have. With permeable pavers, you can eliminate unnecessary usage of water, preserve and recycle it for the benefit of yourself, your community, and your environment.
Hansen is committed to eco-friendly landscape design, and we recommend permeable pavers for this reason. You deserve environmentally friendly yet beautiful outdoor space – and so does our planet!
Do you use permeable pavers in driveway installations? I am looking for an eco friendly alternative to asphalt.