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Pervious pavers permits water to seep around and through their paved surface, and soak naturally into the ground underneath. In short, pervious pavement is a self-draining system.
Aesthetically pleasing pervious pavers are commonly used for patios, walkways, driveways and landscaping.
Pervious pavers are more aesthetically pleasing than conventional pavement and provides many advantages for the homeowner. Pervious pavers:
The District is promoting the installation of pervious pavers because it improves the health of local streams and waterways by producing substantially less stormwater runoff than conventional pavements. In addition, pervious pavers:
Pervious pavers may have a higher cost in the initial stage of installation, but you will find that in the long run, the cost will even out with conventional paving.
Pervious pavers come in a variety of types including grass pavers, gravel pavers, interlocking concrete pavers and porous concrete. The type you install is dependent upon site specifics and usage.
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) RiverSmart Homes District-wide program offers incentives to homeowners interested in reducing stormwater pollution from their properties. Pervious pavers are one of the environmentally friendly landscaping practices available through this program. To be eligible for the pervious paver subsidy, you must be replacing or removing an existing impervious surface (concrete, asphalt, etc) like a driveway or parking area. Walkways and small patios are not eligible.