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Porous concrete hard at work in St. Louis
Porous Concrete. Seems like two words that probably shouldn’t go together (unless you like bad concrete). Not anymore, however! This nifty little substance is a great example of how environmental awareness can walk hand in hand with pragmatic efficiency.
The beauty of porous concrete is just that – it is porous, allowing rainwater to run through it into the ground below (rather than sluicing off directly into the above ground water supply). The benefits of this are twofold. Environmentally, it keeps pollutants from entering the water supply and allows clean water to reach the earth below the concrete surface. Hydrated Earth = growing plants; even those surrounded by concrete!
From a non-environmental standpoint, porous concrete can prevent flooding in urban areas, making sidewalks safer and more effective. At Brightside St. Louis, we are all about helping turn the St. Louis community into a greener, cleaner place to live. Technology that lets us achieve this goal in an efficient, multi-faceted manner is just icing on the (eco-friendly) cake.
If you want to see porous concrete in action, check out the video below or visit our Demonstration Garden!