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Landscaping designers play an important role in water conservation with permeable paving

April 28, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) has set firm guidelines on how storm runoff is to be handled.

The good news is that many federal, state and local regulators have recognized permeable paving systems as a “best management practice” to control stormwater and aid in pollutant removal.

The need to take action is real. AS&LD reports that not only is water pollution a concern, but so is availability. In some areas of the United States, the water table has dropped 100 feet since the 1940s. (Get a copy of the report HERE.)

One possible solution, reports Pine Hall Brick’s Ted Corvey, came from overseas. “The idea of permeable pavers goes back about 10 years in this country, but longer in Europe,” he says. “Some 30 years ago in Europe, they started looking for ways to recharge groundwater and came up with the idea of using segmental pavements and open-graded aggregates that allow the water to flow down and infiltrate back into the soil.”

The materials and the need are there. Landscaping designers have the opportunity to take a leading role in helping ensure safe and clean drinking water is available now and in the future.

The following documents are provided by Pine Hall Brick to assist installers in using our genuine clay paver products. Contact us if you have questions or would like more information.

For more information about sustainability and water permeable paving:

Sustainability is achievable with pavers. DOWNLOAD PROMOTIONAL FLYER.

Pine Hall Brick is proud to meet or exceed all federal and state regulations regarding clean air standards and mining operations. DOWNLOAD THE PINE HALL BRICK ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY.

Paving with some products qualifies for LEED certification. DOWNLOAD OUR LEED GUIDE.

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