Avoid Concrete Pavements

Avoid Concrete Pavements

Concrete is being used readily as a building material for pavements and patios for a very long time. Since they are quite durable, they can be found outside of nearly all the houses. However, did you know that the manufacturing of concrete uses a lot of energy? Also, did you know that the concrete that is poured over the soil stops rain water from seeping into the ground? All the roads, parks, driveways, sidewalks etc are made up of concrete which means that there is so much rain water that just cannot go back into the ground and finally washes into the sea.

Thanks to the technology and science, there are now many pavement materials that are porous and are still able to provide a solid base for the cars all this while allowing rain water to seep through. If we construct concrete surfaces everywhere, soon our water tables will fall below alarming levels and can rob some places of their drinking water source. This can also adversely impact the trees and plants that are deeply rooted into the ground and take their water intake from the water table under the surface of the earth. The entire storm drain systems that take this water washed up from the concrete surfaces also carries toxins and other pollutants which will be carried into other sources of water like rivers, lakes and seas that affects the overall quality of water.

This problem needs immediate attention and collaboration from people to avoid using concrete surfaces for their driveways and patios. You can also look into cut stone pavers that allow water to seep through if the stones have been placed correctly. There are also open cell concrete blocks which will serve the same purpose.

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