Rainwater harvesting solution for homeowners meets Government legislation
17 July 2008, Coleford, Gloucestershire - Hanson Formpave, manufacturers of specialist concrete paving products, has recently added Aquapave™, its new 60mm permeable paving block, to the highly successful Aquaflow™ range. Specifically designed for the domestic sector, this extension to Hanson Formpave’s permeable paving block range for the Aquaflow system, is set to take the market by storm as a water management solution in light of the ‘Future Water’ legislation. Aquapave is available in a wide range of colours and finishes, and coupled with the Aquaflow system, is the ideal permeable paving and rainwater harvesting solution for homeowners wanting environmentally friendly, distinctive driveways and patios.
Advancements in technology and experience gained from Aquaflow’s market leading dominance in the commercial sector, means that Hanson Formpave is now able to offer the Aquapave block as an affordable and effective paver that when installed with the Aquaflow system, allows the reuse and recycle of rainwater for residential applications. The system has the proven potential to reduce 50% of water usage in the average home and manage surface water and eliminate pollution by cleaning impurities from run off, in order to create safe PH neutral water. Future proof for any changes to planning regulations, this pervious product delivers an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly driveway that does not require planning permission.
“There are big changes ahead within the water and paving industry that will impact on everyone from homeowners to companies; through to developers of large housing schemes and paving contractors,” said Steve Spikes, development director, Hanson Formpave.
“We are the only company offering a total water solution that captures run off in an underground sub-base, cleans it and stores it for later use or releases it in a controlled way back into water courses. Experts agree that SUDS and rainwater harvesting is the future for water management, and Aquaflow is a reliable and unique permeable product that manages water effectively in order to fulfil the Government’s proposals.”
Recycle and Reuse Water at Home
The system involves linking the roofs and paths through the Aquapave permeable pavement (the drive) and into the void sub-base. The rainfall (run-off) is stored within this ‘reservoir’ area with all surplus being discharged into a sump. The sump contains a pump, which will allow the harvested water to be dispensed via a tap and hosepipe. Even during times of heavy rainfall, this system works efficiently and has the added advantage of operating as a floodwater control method.
There are significant benefits to customers who install the Aquaflow Water Harvesting System - it is affordable to install, reduces the mains water consumption of the household and cuts the cost in water bills. Another advantage is that the system can deliver water for use even when there is a hosepipe ban, as the tank operates as a subterranean water butt. For residential applications the specifically designed Aquapave block or Aquasett is laid on to the Aquaflow system, providing a distinguished and aesthetically pleasing paved area. Both Aquaflow blocks are available in a wide choice of colours and finishes.
“We have been offering the Aquaflow water harvesting system for 12 years commercially and our clients have been extremely happy with the result and the environmental benefits they have gained from using it. Now that we can offer the new Aquapave block for use with the Aquaflow system for domestic applications, homeowners can benefit from this too,” concluded Steve Spikes.
The ‘Future Water’ strategy is the Government’s vision for balancing demands and pressures on the water management system and ensuring that clean water is available for people, businesses and nature. It outlines the need to use water in a more efficient and sustainable way by addressing a number of practical steps including:
The aim to reduce water usage to 120 litres per person per day by 2030 from the current level of roughly 150 litres per person per day.
New proposals to tackle surface water drainage including the introduction of surface water management plans to co-ordinate activity, clarifying responsibilities for sustainable drainage systems, and reviewing the ability of new development to connect surface water automatically to the public sewer.
New proposals to reduce pollution by tackling contaminants at source.
Change to existing rules so that planning permission is not required for paving front gardens provided porous materials are used.*
*Sourced from DEFRA website (www.defra.gov.uk)