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Letting the Impact of Permeability Sink In
Remember the Three S’s? Slow it, spread it, and sink–key tools in helping to reduce runoff and help more water infiltrate into your soil to nourish your plants. This, the sixth video from the State Waterboard, focuses on “sink it” through the use of permeable pavers.
The concept of permeable pavers is simple: solid surfaces displace water and, because homes are designed to move water away from the foundation, that means water is funneled towards the streets (also solid) and into the stormwater system. If you convert those solid surfaces to permeable ones, which can be every bit as useful while also being more attractive, the water can instead infiltrate the soil, reducing runoff and making better use of rainwater resources.
What really stood out to this gnome is how a gneighborhood could reduce its runoff by as much as 90%—90%!—by introducing these thoughtful, but simple, solutions. If you want to rush out and replace your driveway with a permeable one today, that’s amazing. Most likely, though, you weren’t about to undertake a major renovation. Still, take a look at your home and think about where you have solid surfaces. Take a moment and think about what sort of permeable solution would work in that space and how it would look. Then, when the time is right and you are undertaking that renovation, consider the permeable option and start finding how you can contribute to your gneighborhood reaching your 90%.