Permeable Pavement

Eliminate runoff, recharge groundwater, & keep it cool.

Here in Binghamton, NY, we live in a valley at the intersection of 2 rivers. When it rains, all the water flows downhill to the rivers. This makes it imperative for us to pay attention to how the water gets to the rivers, reduce it, and slow it down.

Non-permeable surfaces, like traditional asphalt, send water off the pavement to elsewhere. Given all of the existing pavement we have, this means way too much run off, which aggravates flooding. It’s true that we have to live with flooding, being as close to rivers as we are. However, there are ways we can reduce its impact.

Permeable pavement helps water get into the soil. If more water is absorbed in the soil, then less water gets to the rivers, and the water that does get to the rivers will get there more slowly. Since we live in this flood-prone area, permeable pavement is all the more important to us – especially given the fact that the frequency of flooding is increasing!

But, it’s not just about the “big-picture” environmental benefits. Permeable pavement requires much less maintenance than asphalt, will not crack like concrete, and stays flat over time. It’s also much less likely to become icy in the winter, because snow melts right through it. And yes, it can be easily plowed just like any other pavement. It can be installed with gravel or grass, and the install cost is about the same as concrete for a driveway!

But, it’s not just about the “big-picture” environmental benefits

Safer

Less likely to become icy in the winter, because snow melts right through it. And yes, it can be easily plowed just like any other pavement.

Withstand the test of Time

Permeable pavement requires much less maintenance than asphalt, will not crack like concrete, and stays flat over time.

Quality at an Affordable Price

It can be installed with gravel or grass, and the install cost is about the same as concrete for a driveway!

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ETM Solar uses permeable pavement in our own parking lot! This photo was taken during one of our recent ‘monsoons’ – notice that the street is starting to flood, but not our lot.

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A closer look at permeable pavement

Contact us about permeable pavement today!