Benefits of Permeable Pavers

Permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) are a system of concrete pavers with layers of varying-sized stone – or aggregate – underneath that filter and direct storm water to underground aquifers. In addition to stormwater management benefits, permeable pavers can alleviate negativity associated with drought conditions to benefit homeowners, builders and the community at large.

Permeable Paver Benefits to the Community

  • Infiltrate water back into the ground to recharge local groundwater supplies
  • Maintain base flows in rivers that ensure streams and ecosystems are self sustaining
  • Act as filter to offer improved water quality
  • Eliminate risk of evaporation of standing water and above-ground water storage
  • Light paver colors are highly reflective and reduce heat island effect
  • Reduce water use for landscaping

Permeable Paver Benefits to Homeowners

  • Reduce water demand by placing pavers over grassed areas
  • Aid landscaping by reducing erosion that occurs when grass is dry or dead
  • Eliminate standing water on the surface where mosquitos can breed

Permeable Paver Benefits to Builders

  • Contribute to environmental and stormwater management best practices, including LEED credits
  • Lead to cost savings by vastly reducing or even eliminating storm water infrastructure components like pipes, detention basins and storm drains
  • Subsurface water storage creates increased surface space on which to develop roads, driveways, parking areas, public spaces, houses and other revenue-generating structures