Soak it Up! Permeable Pavement Workshop

As fields become roads and forests become buildings, storm water from heavy rainfall has nowhere to go but into the sewers. When the quantity of water in our sewers reaches capacity, the water (which may be contaminated with garbage, oil, and chemicals) is sent to Lake Ontario untreated.

Many people are bothered by the sight of water sloshing off dirty road surfaces into sewers and contaminating our water supply. While we can’t exactly eliminate roadways, there are ways to replace impermeable surfaces on your property with permeable ones. Permeable surfaces help soak up water before it enters storm sewers. The water filters through the ground and is cleaned naturally by the earth before being dumped into Lake Ontario.

Come to EcoHouse (22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton) on Saturday, August 13th from 10:00am to 12:00pm to learn about the conveniences and benefits of using permeable pavement. This FREE workshop will provide you with the information you need to create your own permeable driveways and walkways at home. Need hands-on experience? You’ll be helping to install a small section of permeable pavement on the property. Be sure to pay attention—there is a lot of information to absorb!

For more information or to register, please contact Kathryn 905-540-8787 ext. 114 or email

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-Evan Gravely

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