Why Porous Asphalt Is Great for Stormwater Control

Here in Central Florida, we get plenty of heavy rainfall. Stormwater management is a serious consideration.

Stormwater management is an important consideration when laying down a new parking lot, road, or other paved area. Traditional methods of stormwater control often involve installing ditches and retention ponds in order to prevent sewer system overflow and flooding. Unfortunately, this could involve cutting down healthy trees in order to place a retention pond, and nowadays more people are looking at ways to conserve and protect our trees and reduce environmental impacts. That’s why Tucker Paving recommends porous asphalt as an eco-friendly solution to the problem of rain runoff.

Why Porous Asphalt Is the Superior Choice
When Central Florida’s sudden thunderstorms hit, the deluge of rain cannot be absorbed by the sandy soil quickly enough to prevent some pooling and flooding. This issue is compounded by the presence of paved areas. It’s important that the water makes its way into the ground in order to replenish the aquifers. We can aid, rather than inhibit, this process by using modern paving techniques that reduce runoff and encourage soil absorption.

Porous asphalt usually has an open-graded surface atop a stone recharge bed. When the rains fall, the water will drain through the porous pavement into the stone, where it slowly permeates the ground and is absorbed. The process of absorption will filter contaminants from the surface from the water, too. The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the use of porous asphalt as a best management practice for stormwater management, and this technique is currently being used throughout the United States in all sorts of climates.

Tucker Paving Can Install Porous Asphalt
The next time you need to have roadwork, a parking lot, or other area paved, consult with Tucker Paving to see if porous asphalt is a viable option for your project. Using this method of stormwater control can reduce not just your environmental impact, but also your bottom line, as it decreases the need for additional features, such as retention ponds and drainage ditches.