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What is Pervious Concrete?

Pervious Concrete: What is it?

Water cannot penetrate traditionally paved surfaces, like asphalt and concrete. Pervious concrete is a type of concrete that minimizes surface runoff by allowing water to pass directly through it. Rainwater is able to seep into the soil rather than ending up in a storm drain or flooding one particular area. This is important for recharging underground aquifers and managing erosion.

Pervious concrete is also known as:

- Porous concrete
- Permeable concrete
- Porous pavement

Porous pavement can be used for:

- Driveways
- Parking lots
- Sidewalks and pathways
- Patios

The Pros:

- Environmentally friendly
- Replenishes underground water sources
- Great for patios, driveways, and sidewalks
- Durable
- Helps prevent flooding

The Cons:

- More expensive
- Cannot typically be used for roads and highways
- Cannot be reinforced


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