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      Long-term stormwater quantity and quality performance of permeable pavement systems

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      Water Research

      Elsevier BV

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          Abstract

          This study examined the long-term effectiveness of permeable pavement as an alternative to traditional impervious asphalt pavement in a parking area. Four commercially available permeable pavement systems were evaluated after 6 years of daily parking usage for structural durability, ability to infiltrate precipitation, and impacts on infiltrate water quality. All four permeable pavement systems showed no major signs of wear. Virtually all rainwater infiltrated through the permeable pavements, with almost no surface runoff. The infiltrated water had significantly lower levels of copper and zinc than the direct surface runoff from the asphalt area. Motor oil was detected in 89% of samples from the asphalt runoff but not in any water sample infiltrated through the permeable pavement. Neither lead nor diesel fuel were detected in any sample. Infiltrate measured 5 years earlier displayed significantly higher concentrations of zinc and significantly lower concentrations of copper and lead.

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          Journal
          Water Research
          Water Research
          Elsevier BV
          00431354
          November 2003
          November 2003
          : 37
          : 18
          : 4369-4376
          Article
          10.1016/S0043-1354(03)00410-X
          14511707
          © 2003

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