Permeable Pavers Reduce Stormwater Runoff Pollutants


While permeable pavers haven't yet become the "norm" in many outdoor spaces like parking lots, driveways and walkways, there's nothing new about the attention focused on improving the  environment, or concern about the quality of our water supply. The fact is that in many communities, permeable pavers could help divert a lot of pollution from our rivers and streams caused by stormwater runoff.

"If you need to build a driveway or any other paved surface and want to do it inPermeable Pavers the most environmentally sensitive way; permeable interlocking concrete pavers are the way to go.  By installing a PICP system, you realize the benefit of having a vehicular/pedestrian surface and capture stormwater that would otherwise run off impervious surfaces like asphalt or concrete," says Mark Antunes, Technical Information Representative at EP Henry.

Permeable Pavers from EP Henry

With a focus on developing sustainable communities, EP Henry offers our ECO Line of permeable pavers including ECO Cobble®, Coventry® ECO Cobble®, ECO Brick Stone and more. Combining beauty and function, these sustainable design elements come in a variety of colors, sizes, textures and patterns to integrate seamlessly with your home or business.

The growing awareness of sustainable development has driven our efforts to develop the technologies necessary to lessen the negative effects of stormwater runoff on our local waterways. By investing in a Hardscape using EP Henry ECO permeable pavers, you prevent stormwater runoff from washing harmful chemicals and pollutants into our water, as well as protecting your landscape by reducing soil erosion. Permeable pavers allow water to filter back into the soil where it falls, and can also be used to create a rainwater harvesting system that allows you to water plants, wash your car and other water-related activities with water captured from nature rather than the tap..

Benefits of Reducing Stormwater Runoff

By reducing stormwater runoff, permeable pavers not only decrease the pollution entering our waterways, they lessen the stress on local storm sewer systems during peak discharges, like during a heavy rain storm. In the winter, permeable pavers also provide a barrier of protection against ice-covered walkways, driveways and patios. As it melts, the snow drains through the paver joints, decreasing the need for chemical-based deicing products.

Antunes continues, "With the housing market ramping up again and commercial construction moving at a good pace, open ground in the Mid-Atlantic region is vanishing quickly.  All of the impervious surfaces created as a direct result of new property development accelerate runoff of stormwater.  This runoff reduces the potential of ground water recharge for local wells and plant life.  Additionally, because the pollution and contaminants in runoff it is harmful to streams, rivers, estuaries and all of the aquatic life that inhabit them, runoff makes our waterways and beaches less suitable for human recreation and enjoyment."

Ultimately the choice for sustainable development must be adopted on a global scale, but for now any property owner, commercial or residential, can do their part by replacing their impervious parking lots, patios and walkways with permeable pavers. Many communities, like those in Maryland, are beginning to offer tax cuts or rebates for the removal of asphalt or concrete and/or the use of permeable pavers in place of impermeable surfaces. Find out if your community is offering rebates for sustainable development and green-up your property for a better tomorrow.