WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Sep. 18, 2023 — Environmental issues are a hot topic. Many people are looking for ways to help reduce their carbon footprint and increase sustainability. One solution is porous pavers like those recently installed at the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) building at the fairgrounds.

The innovative pavers allow water to pass through them, reducing the risk of flooding and minimizing the amount of water in storm drains. In addition to being environmentally friendly, porous pavers have a positive economic impact. They can reduce the cost of drainage systems and improve the value of properties by enhancing the aesthetics. Additionally, permeable pavers often require less frequent repairs and replacements than impermeable surfaces, leading to long-term cost savings.

One of the primary benefits of porous pavers is their contribution to environmental sustainability. Traditional impermeable pavement surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt, often have harmful consequences, such as increased flooding, water pollution, and soil erosion. In contrast, porous pavers promote natural water filtration that helps maintain a healthy water cycle.

What is a water cycle?

The water cycle plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance of water resources on the planet. When water evaporates from oceans, lakes, and rivers, it rises into the atmosphere and forms clouds. These clouds eventually release moisture in the form of rain, snow, and hail, thus replenishing freshwater sources on land.

Without effective filtration, the water cycle is in jeopardy of becoming contaminated with pollutants, chemicals, sediments, and microorganisms. Without adequate filtration, these impurities can accumulate and harm aquatic life, compromise drinking water quality, and disrupt the balance of ecosystems.