Managing Stormwater

Rural living comes with everyday challenges that you would not see normally in more urban areas. One of those issues is unimproved roads in the rainy season. Leaving inches of water and making operating a vehicle, extremely difficult. Causing slippery roads, hidden potholes and mud-ridden roads. All of which can cause you to crash or get a vehicle stuck. You may say to yourself “why don’t you pave it?”. Well, it is not that easy. Many places are miles from each other and see little traffic. Making spending money on asphalt to expensive. But, there is a system that can provide you a road that is comparable to asphalt, cheaper and requires no maintenance. It would also require no concrete or asphalt. Also, it can help you with stormwater management as well.

Now how is it able to do all this? Like I said, instead of pouring costly material all over the ground. Plastic sheets with hollowed out cylinders, are layer on the ground and filled with whatever material you desire. Mainly dealing with gravel, grass or even sand. The sheets are only there to reinforce the ground, while allowing it to retain some of its properties. Its major one being able to let water pass through it. The major reason dirt roads hold so much water, is because of it being impacted and too tight for water to pass through. But, because each cylinder protects and holds the filler material, the soil is loose enough for water to pass through uninterrupted. Stopping the ground from becoming too muddy or creating potholes. This method of pavement can be used for other things then just for roadways. Nature paths can be made using permeable pavements, you can use it for any ground level pavement job. If you are concerned about its strength, the base foundation can handle jobs of up to 6800psi before being filled.

Let’s talk about the cost and installation. Because it doesn’t use large equipment to install or needs costly materials, you can see up to half off what it would cost you by traditional means. That is with the everything included, labor and materials. This isn’t the only way it can save you money though, maintenance itself is non-existence. Since it does not break down like concrete or asphalt and what I mean by that, it is not being bombarded day and night by the elements and does not suffer structural damage. It life span can see up to twenty-five to sixty years, all depending on use. Installation can also take less than half the time of common paving methods. This isn’t the only method to deal with stormwater. But, if you need to store heavy equipment or stable driving surface. Permeable pavements can solve those issues, while saving you some money. Its state of the art system is designed for these kinds of conditions and restrictions, while providing in was a superior pavement at the end of the day.

Post Author: Cedric Walker