How you can Save Water and Help Create a Sustainable Future | Premier Hydropavers

How you can Save Water and Help Create a Sustainable Future | Premier Hydropavers

Water is a vital resource for the ongoing survival of our beautiful blue planet but it’s one thing that many of us take for granted.  It’s also a staggering fact that around 748 million people across the globe don’t have access to safe drinking water.

It makes sense to save this important commodity and the good news is that there are plenty of things we can all do inside and outside the house to consume less or conserve more.  Here are our top water-saving tips:

Inside the house

The simplest way to use less water is to think about what you’re doing every time you turn the tap on:

  1. Don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth or have a shave.
  2. Take a shower instead of a bath
  3. Always wait to turn on the dishwasher and washing machine until you have a full load
  4. If you’re running water waiting for it to heat up, don’t waste it – collect it in a bucket and use it to water your plants or to top up with washing machine.

Outside the house

Ask anyone how to save water outside the house and most people will think rainwater tanks and recycled water for the garden.  These are both great water saving initiatives but did you know you can turn your driveway and paved areas into natural water saving elements throughout your outdoor spaces?

By switching from hard, impermeable surfaces like concrete and tiles to pervious paving, rainwater can naturally permeate through the surface and seep into the ground.  This reduces storm water run-off, which in turn helps to reduce pollution, erosion and flooding in local streams and waterways.

Pervious pavers act like a sponge and are 100% permeable – so permeable in fact that 25 mm per minute can soak through the surface and into the ground.  Instead of sending that precious rainwater off to the drain or having it pool up and potentially flood areas of your garden, pervious pavers allow it to soak naturally into the ground, helping to sustain your lawn and garden.

You’ll find a number of permeable paving materials available around the country but here at Premier Hydropavers® our pervious pavers are a sustainable choice because they’re manufactured entirely from recycled ceramic waste.

Permeable paving can be installed in virtually any outdoor space and is particularly suited to driveways, paths, patios and around the swimming pool.  Installation is simple and you can keep your pavers looking like new just by giving them a high pressure clean every now and then.

Want to know more about permeable pavers?  Just get in touch with our expert team for assistance.  Regardless of how big or small your outdoor space, we can recommend a sustainable solution so you can do your bit to conserve water.

Permeable Pavers – The Environmental Choice

Permeable Pavers – The Environmental Choice

Permeable paving is making its’ presence felt in the landscaping world and for good environmental reasons. That’s because they’re porous so they allow water to naturally permeate through the surface and seep into the ground.

Local Councils and the construction sector alike are increasingly looking to eco-friendly building solutions that have a positive impact on the environment. Replacing traditional impermeable surfaces (such as concrete or asphalt) with permeable paving allows rainwater to naturally soak into ground and reduce storm water run-off. This in turn helps to reduce pollution, erosion and flooding in local streams and waterways. Permeable paving also offers the added benefit of reducing urban heat island effect, which increases energy consumption throughout the community.

Permeable paving can be installed in virtually any outdoor space within
urban developments including public walkways, driveways, patios and car parks.

Progressive cities around the globe are rolling out programs to install permeable pavers, particularly in flood-prone areas or zones that suffer from poor drainage planning. The pavers have a natural appearance and harmonise well with most landscapes; and installation is a simple process with virtually no impact to the surrounding land. What’s more, the surface is non-slip to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls; and can easily be high pressure cleaned to maintain appearance.

While there are a number of permeable paving materials available on the market, Premier Hydropavers are a sustainable choice as they are manufactured entirely from recycled ceramic waste. They effectively function as a sponge so are 100% permeable, with an impressive 25 mm per minute able to permeate through the surface and into the ground.

Want to know more about permeable pavers? Just get in touch with our expert team for assistance. Regardless of project size, we can recommend an environmentally friendly solution that’s cost effective and will give you a long-lasting, low maintenance paving solution that comes with loads of eye appeal.

Permeable Hydropavers | Dangerous Storms to Hit Melbourne

Permeable Hydropavers | Dangerous Storms to Hit Melbourne

Severe storms have been terrorizing Victoria and they’ve only just reached Melbourne. On Monday the 17th of July, Victoria was hit with some harsh weather. Thunderstorms and relentless winds wreaked havoc across Melbourne. State Emergency Services (SES) received over 800 distressed calls for help.

The storm caused an enormous amount of damage, cars were crushed, train lines were cancelled, and homes were damaged. Due to the heavy rainfall and the impermeable nature of the Melbourne CBD, it was incredibly dangerous to drive in as the storm water flooded the roads and footpaths.

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When a storm of that severity hits a large scale urban area like the CBD, the environmental damage is immense. As previously mentioned due to the impermeable nature of the streets and roads of the CBD the storm water is not absorbed by the land and so storm water drains must be installed to clear the water. When the storm water is running along the surface of impermeable surfaces such as concrete and asphalt, it picks up a number of pollutants and contaminants (this is known as storm water runoff) which are then returned our rivers, creeks and bays.

While it is impossible to prevent the damage caused by disastrous storms like the one we’re currently facing, it is possible to reduce the potential damage to us and the environment. A small Iowa town called Ottumwa has just announced a grant for $800,000 that will go towards their downtown streetscaping project. The plan is to implement permeable paving systems to reduce flooding and stormwater runoff while returning collected water to the plantings along the streets.

Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness for permeable pavers in Australia and we are being left behind the rest of the world such as UK, Germany, Japan and China all heavily utilise permeable pavers and have seen great benefits.

Premier Hydropavers  are the most advanced permeable paver on the market, unlike other permeable paving options, Premier Hydropavers entire face is permeable resulting in an incredibly high permeability rate. Premier Hydropavers can absorb over 25mm of rainfall per minute which is higher than any rainfall rate that Melbourne has seen in the last 100 years. Very easy to install and can be laid anywhere that would be suitable for normal pavers.

Permeable Hydropavers | Tackling Water Shortage In Australia

Permeable Hydropavers | Tackling Water Shortage In Australia

An ongoing and seamless technology to curb water shortage

City Of Melbourne has officially released a statement saying that they are in the process of installing porous/permeable bluestone paving in Melbourne’s central city to curb the issues with water shortage. What we need to first understand is that the water collected through porous paving is not to be used as a water source for domestic use. We are certainly heading towards getting that into order, but there are quite a few regulations to take care of before that happens.

Feeding Groundwater:

The main problem that permeable paving can instantly address is the loss of groundwater. The City Of Melbourne needs to constantly irrigate the trees and patches of green around the city in order to maintain a steady flow of clean air and to cool the city during the hotter days. However, we are soon approaching a stark reduction in our available water sources all over the world. And that is no secret!

Permeable paving would allow for massive savings in our water resources by taking care of irrigation requirements. A seamless water recycling system can be set into place that will not only reduce water usage, but will also allow the council to focus their man power on far more pressing issues that need direct interactive attention.

London on The Verge of Change:

A leading example that we have come across in recent times is the warning put forward by Thames Water in London. It is estimated that the now population of 8.8 million is due to hit the 11 million mark by 2050, and there are no signs of water resources multiplying.

This is not an isolated issue, the recent Cape Town water crisis has also lead many people to wake up to the impending reality with water shortage. Thames Water has firmly put forward the idea of permeable paving and hopes to resolve certain water intensive tasks with this solution.

Permeable Hydropavers | Potential Solution To Flooding In Australia

Permeable Hydropavers | Potential Solution To Flooding In Australia

Victoria has always experienced severe thunderstorms and flooding however in recent times it has been getting worse. The 2010 Victorian floods where some of the worst Victoria has experienced. Over 250 houses were flooded, many people were evacuated, and the cost of damages was in the millions. What are the causes of the severe flooding? Is it Victoria’s lack of forests and soil and overabundance of impermeable pavements? Is it poor planning by Victoria’s founders failing to take into consideration of what would happen when the existing drainage would overflow? Is it due to the rapidly changing climate? The answer is all of the above.

Due to urban expansion and poor drainage planning, Victoria and especially Melbourne is very susceptible to flooding. The main issue is Victoria’s once permeable surfaces like soil, and forests that were absorb heavy rainfall have been replaced by impermeable pavements. These impermeable surfaces do not absorb the rain water meaning storm drains have to be installed to clear the water. As previously mentioned, Melbourne’s storm drains are very ineffective and prone to overflowing. Once flooding occurrs there can be disastrous ramifications, ignoring the obvious damage flooding causes, flood water picks up a number of pollutants and contaminants that then enter our water ways and pollute our oceans and rivers.

If permeable pavers were installed where flooding commonly occurs, the damage could be drastically reduced. Premier Hydropavers, the most advanced permeable paver on the market, are able to absorb over 25 mm of water per minute which is more than any level of rainfall Melbourne has experienced in the last 100 years. Due to the permeable nature of the Premier Hydropavers, they absorb the excess water reducing flooding. The water is then returned into the ground where it is filtered by the pavers and crushed rock aggregate beneath it removing the pollutants and storing the water in the ground.

Permeable paving will not only reduce damage to the community caused by flooding but also reduces the damage of urban expansion and human impact on the environment.

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We here at Premier Hydropavers are merely trying to convey the message that Australia at it’s current state is not sustainable, but it’s not too late to change our ways. Urban runoff, the heat island effect, pollution, excess energy usage and poor water management are all very serious issues with a very simple solution, Premier Hydropavers! If Premier Hydropavers were more commonly used the problems listed would be a thing of the past.

Permeable Hydropavers | How Severe Australia ‘ Flooding Problems

Permeable Hydropavers | How Severe Australia ‘ Flooding Problems

Australia’s 3 largest cities, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane all experience substantial flooding in the wet seasons. While many believe flooding is inevitable, it is possible to minimize the damage to people’s property and homes.

Flooding occurs when there is continuous rainfall and the land is unable to absorb the water. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Australian cities, they are paved with impermeable surfaces. What this means is storm drains have to be installed all over the cities 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. Flooding can cause a lot of damage to buildings, houses and people’s property as well as being very dangerous.

The answer to Australia’s flooding problem is permeable Hydropavers. Permeable Hydropavers have tiny porous micro-holes that absorb the water similar to a sponge. The level of permeability of these pavers are quite extraordinary.

In one hour the Premier Hydropavers are able to absorb more than 25 mm of water per minute. This is more rainfall than Melbourne has experienced in the last 100 years. If Australia’s cities were paved in permeable pavers flooding would be greatly diminished, as would the damage and repair costs.

Premier Hydropavers also prevent urban runoff and stops soil erosion while storing the water in the ground thus returning it to the ecosystem. Premier Hydropavers act as a far more efficient drainage system as there is no need for excavation and piping which can be very costly and time consuming.

Premier Hydropavers can be laid anywhere that would be suitable for normal pavers. Premier Hydropavers just need to be laid on a bedding of crushed rock and are ready for installation.

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