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4.3.2 Filter drains and permeable surfaces

Filter drains consist of permeable materials located below ground to store run-off. Run-off flows to the storage area via a permeable surface (Figure 2.37). The permeable surface can be in the form of grassed or gravelled areas, paving blocks with gaps between individual units or paving blocks with vertical voids built in. Water is therefore collected from a large surface area, stored in the filter drains and allowed to infiltrate through the soil. The permeable fill traps sediments and thereby clean the run-off. Filter drains and permeable surfaces are currently used for road verges and car parks. The surfaces should be kept clear of silt and cleaned regularly to keep the voids clear. Weed control may be necessary.

 

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