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Ernest Maier has partnered with ECS Solutions to exclusively manufacture, market, and distribute PaveDrain® throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. PaveDrain® is a premier, one-of-a-kind permeable pavement system classified in the industry as a "Permeable Articulating Concrete Block/Mat" (P-ACB/M). The system creates an aethestic and durable pavement integrated with a stone reservoir to temporarily store surface runoff. The benefit... the earth has a chance to recapture filtered stormwater and hydrate.

Tested and approved for AASHTO HS-20 and H-20 Heavy Duty Truck Loading

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  • Meets the requirements of ASTM C396, D6684-04 and is a structural Best Management Practice (BMP) for stormwater infiltration
  • Manufactured at Ernest Maier Block in Bladensburg, Maryland for service to the Mid Atlantic region. Check out for pictures from the first PAVE DRAIN installation at the Bladensburg Police Department.
  • Installation training and certification provided by Ernest Maier or Ernest Maier's hardscape team can install the PAVE DRAIN for your site
  • Stock colors are natural and buff. Ask about custom colors
  • Size is 11.75"x 11.75" x 5.63" thick. Basically 1 sf / paver coverage
  • Chamfered edges and ADA compliant
  • Tested and approved for AASHTO HS-20 and H-20 Heavy Duty Truck Loading


  • Cabled mats in custom sizes for site specific conditions
  • 10,000 t 15,000 sf of PAVE DRAIN installed per day
  • Fast economical installation for intersection construction
  • The patented arch designed for strength and rainwater storage
  • Eligible to provide up to 5 LEED Credits for Sustainable Designs
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Permeable Pavement Testing - DC Demo Project

PaveDrain Featured on Channel 8 for the reconstruction of Dover Court in Davenport, Iowa

PaveDrain 1-Minute Commercial

PaveDrain Mat Fabrication

Being able to utilize PaveDrain as an individual block or as a permeable articulated concrete mat makes it one of the most unique and versatile permeable pavement products on the market. This video explains, in brief detail, the steps it takes to fabricate a mat. These mats can be tailored to fit any project.

D.C. Looking for Solutions for Flood-Prone Neighborhoods

SEPTEMBER 4, Washington D.C. - The city is looking at possible solutions to flooding that plagues some D.C. neighborhoods. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

New Stormwater Legislation passed in Prince George's County

Build a rain garden or install a green roof in Prince George's County and you may soon be eligible for a rebate. Patricia Villone reports.

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Luckett & Farley Interview about PaveDrain and the Ford Motor Plant Project

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GREEN DEVELOPMENT: Turning a Profit with Sustainable Storm Water Practices

Turning a Profit with Sustainable Storm Water Practices

SOURCE: John B. Ferris, Storm Water Solutions

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 - Developers have been conditioned to compromise on projects in order to set aside room for storm water management facilities. The engineering community has become adept at squeezing in networks of pipe and ponds to comply with federal, state and local storm water regulations.

This mindset is costing developers millions of dollars for the purchase of land for storm water facilities (2 to 3 acres) and in lost revenue that could have been generated by selling and leasing more space or from having smaller production space. Municipalities may achieve storm water objectives by requiring developments to construct storm water ponds, but lose significant tax dollars on storm water facilities that have little value or are non-taxable.


PaveDrain LLC receives 2013 United States Excellence Award

SOURCE: US Institute for Excellence in Commerce

PaveDrain LLC receives 2013 United States Excellence Award

US Institute for Excellence in Commerce

March 26th 2014 - PaveDrain LLC has been selected for the 2013 United States Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Institute for Excellence in Commerce (USIEC).

Each year the USIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that United States is renowned for.

PaveDrain LLC has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USIEC marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of United States.


Imagine H2O Names Winners of Consumer Innovations Prize

Doug Buch and Scott Bryan receiving Imagine H20 AwardMARCH 19, 2013 - PaveDrain, LLC announced as winner of the Early Revenue Track of the 2012 Imagine H2O Consumer Innovations Business Plan Contest.

"Imagine H2O is a global conduit for water entrepreneurship and innovation," explains Tamin Pechet, the organization's Chairman and Co-Founder. "Our programs support entrepreneurs who establish financially viable solutions while creating jobs and generating economic activity."


Montgomery County Stormwater Management Approves PaveDrain

"the Stormwater Management New Products and Materials Committee for Montgomery County has recommended approval of PaveDrain for use in Montgomery County as a permeable pavement..."
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Maryland Department of the Environment Approves PaveDrain

"WMA has reviewed your recent submittal and concurs that the results of recent independent testing conducted in accordance with ASTM C1701/C1701M-09 demonstrate that the PaveDrain® paver meets the surface permeability criterion."
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District of Columbia Assessment of PaveDrain

"...PaveDrain does appear to be a very promising solution for the District. Particularly, the product's apparent ease of installation that does not require certification for contractors and can easily be installed during any temperature..."
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PaveDrain® permeable paving supported by HydroCAD

Click for detailsHydroCAD-10 provides direct support for the PaveDrain system of permeable articulating concrete block mats. This allows the storage and infiltration capabilities of PaveDrain installations to be easily modeled with HydroCAD.

The PaveDrain can be modeled with HydroCAD-10, which provides an interactive chamber wizard for easy layout, pricing, and modeling of modular storage systems.

To learn more about modeling PaveDrain with Hydrocad click here, to download and install the program click the here.

Reports on 2010 installation in Bladensburg, MD

"After two full years (24 months), we have observed that your pavement system has required no vacuuming, needs less surface treatments during snow or ice events, and infiltrates 100% of the direct rainfall on it as well as all of the runoff from the roof of our building. We believe that your innovative system has assisted in our effort to keep the Anacostia River clean and will continue to do so for years to come." - John Moss, Town Administrator, Bladensburg, MD