Australia’s three largest cities, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, all experience substantial flooding throughout the wet season. While nothing can be done to stop nature’s course, it is possible to significantly minimise the damage, thanks to Hydropavers® from Premier Pavers & Stone.
Flooding occurs when continuous rainfall prevents the land from absorbing the excessive quantities of water. Australian cities are paved with impermeable surfaces, which means that storm drains have to be installed throughout the city in order to drain excess water that isn’t being absorbed the land.
Once the storm drains have reached their maximum capacity, the excess water is no longer drained and begins to flow along the roads and footpaths, causing flooding, which can severely damage buildings, houses and properties.
The answer to this problem is permeable Hydropavers®. Permeable Hydropavers® from Premier Pavers & Stone have tiny, porous micro-holes that absorb water, similar to a sponge. In one hour, Hydropavers® are able to absorb more than 60mm of water per hour, demonstrating the extraordinary permeability of these pavers.
If Australia’s cities were paved in permeable pavers, flooding would be greatly diminished, as would the damage and repair costs. Hydropavers® also prevent urban runoff and stop soil erosion while storing the water in the ground, thus returning it to the ecosystem. Hydropavers® act as a highly efficient drainage system, as there is no need for excavation and piping, which can be costly and time consuming. Hydropavers® can be laid anywhere that would be suitable for normal pavers, they just need to be laid on a bedding of crushed rock and are immediately ready for installation.
Permeable paving offers the ideal solution to flooding, caused by poor paving choices. Choose permeable pavers for your next project to ensure reduced flooding and minimal longterm costs.