What is permeable, pervious, or porous pavement?

Permeable, pervious or porous surfaces are types of pavement with a high porosity that allow rainwater to pass through into the ground below.

Permeable paving can be one part of building green parking lots, which can also include rain gardens, art, trees, solar covers, and other creative elements.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, permeable pavements can also help reduce flooding of building foundations and ponding of water on driveways, sidewalks and patios.

Ontario-based Random Acts of Green, a women-led social enterprise, recently published a blog post entitled “6 Ways Permeable Pavement Benefits the Earth”.


More on this topic:

Are Pervious, Permeable, and Porous Pavers Really the Same?

Excellent video (includes paid promotion) that explains and shows examples of how permeable pavement works (ends at 8:32)

Author: New Charlottetown Project

Barbara Dylla has lived in Charlottetown since 2017. The aim of this blog is to inspire and encourage Charlottetowners to be more aware of municipal affairs, to participate as engaged citizens, to support an issue close to their heart, so that together we create a sense of the larger community we live in. And, along the way, become a united community passionate about making Charlottetown the best it can be.

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