Using Travertine in Pervious Pavement to Control Urban-Flooding and Storm Water Quality

  • Hamidreza Rahimi University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Xiaonan Tang Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
  • Sadra Rahimi Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
  • Prateek Kumar Singh University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Keywords: Pervious Pavement, Pollutants, Teravertine, Uraban Flooding, Water quality


The conventional methods for controlling urban-flooding are to build raceway networks to transfer flood water away as quickly as possible. However, due to fast increase of urban population, the conventional methods are facing some problems especially when rainfall intensity is higher than design expectation. The main reason for such problems are due to impervious surfaces. Therefore, pervious pavements, such as porous asphalts or pervious concrete blocks, are now recommended to use by environmental engineers. Compared with conventional pavement surfaces, pervious pavements have lots of benefits although they are relatively expensive to build. This paper introduces the mineral rock of Travertine as the materials for pervious pavements, and describes an experimental model to determine the inflation patterns and storm water quality improvement in flood precipitating simulation.

The results indicated that Travertine pavement can not only decrease more than 90%of Copper, Lead and Zinc but also play an important role in urban-flood management with a 50% decrease of storm water.

Input and output volumes of three different types of pavements