Seeing is Believing

Summer 2013

A fire department demonstrates effectiveness of permeable pavement

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Seeing is Believing

To demonstrate surface permeability, the local fire department was enlisted to show how quickly water can run through the joints between interlocking concrete paving units. This demonstration was considered essential given the failure of the porous asphalt. The ribbon cutting was held with the mayor present and before local media. The Nashville Fire Department drove a truck onto the permeable surface and showered 10,000 gallons (40,000 L) of water onto the surface in three minutes. “None of it ran off,” says Majel Carr, Nashville project manager who worked on the installation of the pavers. “It all went through.”

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