Permeable asphalt is a system for pavement that allows water to seep through the surface. This permits for natural filtration.
Permeable pavement systems have been engineered to respond to a few challenges when it comes to surfaces.
Normally, when rainwater falls on impermeable pavement surfaces, it is carried directly first to drainage systems and into waterways.
The truth is that engineered curb and gutter storm drainage systems are costly to design and build.
To contrast these costs, a permeable pavement system can result in a reduction of construction costs for developers or municipalities.
Another, increasingly important consideration is the pollution that is carried in rainwater runoff.
Storm water flowing across streets picks up contaminants that are environmentally harmful.
Natural filtration of water through permeable pavement and soil is often mentioned as a simple way to control the spread of these pollutants.
There are several materials that can be used permeable pavement:
For the first, there is porous asphalt. Porous asphalt uses the same mixing and application equipment that is used for impervious asphalt, reducing costs of applying this material.
This material is most often referred to as appropriate only for pedestrian-only areas and for very low-volume, low-speed areas.
This is because the material has much lower load-bearing capacity than conventional asphalt pavement.
Nor should it be used on places with high amounts of stormwater with high pollutant loads.
Beyond asphalt, of the other materials, the most popular ones are porous concrete, plastic grid systems, and block pavers.
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