Hydrorock Solutions offers a genuinely sustainable drainage system – but what actually makes Hydrorock Aquifer Blocks an environmentally positive solution?
Hydrorock Solutions Natural Aquifer Blocks are sustainable due to being made from a natural material as well as their longevity, positive environmental impact and end of life recycling process.
Find out more about each of these sustainability benefits below!
1) Made From Natural Material
Firstly, Hydrorock Aquifer Blocks are made from mineral wool – a recyclable, virtually infinite resource. This mineral wool is spun from Basalt rock, a prevalent and responsibly sourced igneous rock.
The use of this natural material maximises the pollution absorption process whilst maintaining a highly effective level of flood protection. Without this filtering, the polluted surface runoff will continue to enter the soil, ultimately affecting the ecosystem and possibly ending up in our drinking water and food. Further to this, the Aquifer Blocks are entirely plastic-free, right down to the Hydrorock labels which are biodegradable.
3) A Carbon Neutral Solution Once Installed
Due to Hydrorock SuDS having no moving parts, they are a completely carbon neutral solution once installed.
This, combined with their ability to filter out pollution, mitigate flooding and act as a natural aquifer to optimise soil water balance to prevent supersaturation and drought means the wildlife and natural habitats surrounding this solution greatly benefit from its presence.
Hydrorock is a long-lasting solution with high compressive strength. This means that the solution can be located under roads and car parks without maintenance or replacement requirements for 30 years due to its load-bearing capacity.
Further to this unlike plastic crates, which can cause unsafe collapse or sinkholes when abandoned leading to huge residual liability and societal problems, Hydrorock’s strength and load bearing capacity does not falter over time. Thus, if the product is abandoned there is no risk of environmental or social damage.
Due to its whole life assessment, Hydrorock is sustainable and cost-effective, absorbing pollution and managing surface water for decades without having to be replaced or requiring maintenance.
4) End of Life Recycling
When Hydrorock finally does come to the end of its life, the system can be returned to the UK Rockwool facility. Here the used mineral wool is recycled into Rockwool insulation material, ensuring Hydrorock remains green even beyond its lifetime.