Why do councils love permeable paving?

Permeable paving is pretty simple – water drains freely and quickly through it and into the ground underneath. But why do councils (and engineers, and architects, and town planners, and municipal water authorities….) love permeable paving so much? We’ll have a look at this, and the environmental benefits in this blog post. But first, where … Continued

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What subsurface drainage do you need under a permeable pavement?

A good permeable pavement should drain significant quantities of water immediately through both the paving layer and paving base. This means that in all but the heaviest of rain events, very little water remains on the surface of the paving.  But what implications does this have for drainage? Do you still need surface drains … Continued

Permeable Parking Areas and Stormwater Collection

Increasingly we are seeing more and more creative ways that permeable paving can be used to manage stormwater and associated problems like erosion and nutrient leeching. For example, this article here (opens in new tab) shows a council in Canada trialling a permeable parking lot. It’s a great illustration of how councils are realising the … Continued