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Porous Pavement and Permeable Pavers

Porous pavement and permeable pavers are materials, structures and pavement designs that are specifically designed to allow water to pass through them so they can infiltrate into the underlying soils. Currently, they work well when used in pedestrian areas, on and off-street parking stalls, alleys, driveways and parking lots.


  • Slow water down allowing infiltration.
  • Reduces runoff volumes and rates.
  • Filters pollutants.
  • Recharges groundwater.
  • Uses less de-icing material since runoff is infiltrated.

See also:

  • Permeable Pavers and Porous Pavement Vendors and Installers


Green Pervious Systems, Bomanite, 

A. Richard Miller, “Porous Pavement, Pavement that Leaks,” 2002  

Ryerson Woods Welcome Center, Riverwoods, IL

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