CO residents can harvest rainwater

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Motomom34, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    Get your rain barrels ready! Colorado residents can now legally collect rain water. It was a battle but finally you can collect water coming from your rain spout and use it for watering purposes. Two barrels per residence. The law does state that you cannot use it for a toilet which I think is goofy. I heard someone saying this was because the water would go into the system without the chemicals in it but I think if you are on city sewage, it gets filter and a new dose of chemicals before it goes back to your home.

    The law is real specific with what you can use the water for. You must use it on the residence that it is collected on. Here is what they have to say about greenhouses.

    Details are written up nicely on this link, Rainwater Collection in Colorado - 6.707 - Colorado State University Extension
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  3. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    In Oregon you still get fines and/or jail time.
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  4. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    Well that's progress I guess. But just like requiring permits to carry a firearm, I don't personally believe that government has to power to dictate how you capture or store rain water...they don't own it.
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  5. chelloveck

    chelloveck Shining the light on a truthier truth!

    My goodness...Rainwater harvesting is legal in most places in Australia...and in some places...even mandatory!

    Legislation on Rainwater Harvesting

    I suspect that the restrictive regulation in some places in the USA may be at the behest of water utility companies who lose potential revenue if householders harvest their own water, rather than having to pay for whatever is piped in by the water utility company.
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  6. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Sweet and it's progress. I think build a green house, put some patio furniture in it and call it a sun room
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  7. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    Most states here allow catching rainwater and those that do not are usually western states where water was historically scarce. In those places he who controlled the water controlled just about everything else. Literal wars were fought over water and water rights law in those places became complicated as all get out. The underlying concept of water rights law in most cases is that water runs down hill...thus if you capture or divert water you don't have legal rights to, you are preventing it from flowing to the people who do have rights to that water.

    In rural areas where farming, ranching and mining are prevalent, just because you buy a piece of land does not mean you automatically own the water or mineral rights. You can have a pond, lake, stream, creek or river on your property and not have the water rights to those resources. You have no idea how many retirees and preppers from back east I used to meet when I was living in New Mexico who would think they got a great deal on their retirement land or BOL, only to find they had no water rights - because they didn't even know to ask.
  8. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim Goin for the Glory

    Damn British (GOV) has got its meat hooks into darn near every aspect of our lives!!!! Time to cull the herd!!!
  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Shining the light on a truthier truth!

    As in all things to do with real estate...due diligence, due diligence, due diligence...and a strong dose of caveat emptor.

    Yep....water rights, and the control of which, are frequent plot elements of many pulp western novels....

    Rough Edges: .44 Western, February 1946
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  10. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    The farmers had always had a right of rainwater. They needed it but now you can catch your own. I agree it is a step in the correct direction. I just heard on the news that some stores are seeing an uptick in sales of rain barrels.
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  11. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    I plan to divert into a cistern so they can't effing see it.
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  12. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Park your cistern in a utility shed .
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  13. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    Just to clarify, everyone has a right to rainwater...but not everyone has a right to the excess rainwater that becomes runoff, rather than being absorbed into the ground...someone else "downstream" might have the rights to that water. That was the thinking behind banning the capture of rainwater in barrels, cisterns, etc.
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  14. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    I have a 10,000 gallon underground cistern that captures nothing but rainwater. The man who built this house put it in and for many years it was their primary source of water because the water in the original well was so bad (even our new well is so full of iron I just spent an entire day cleaning rust blockages out of my water softener system).

    The cistern has its own pump and pressure tank and it plumbed into our house so I can still use it as our water source if I ever need to. Currently I have it configured to just supply the outside faucets and a wash basin in my basement (great for giving dogs their baths). While I do have a pre-filter to catch sediment and stuff, the water obviously would obviously need to be filtered if used for drinking.
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  15. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Really ?? Slaves to a BS .GOV
    I harvest & save rain water for summer watering's . Im on my last harvest from last year.

    I could never live in what you call land of the "free" .
    Time you re-figure it Or change the song .
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  16. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    Well this new law is a celebration. They got rid of a stupid law again our collecting rain water. IMO this is a step forward towards freedom. I think something like collection of rainwater is supported by most people because people garden and know there a water shortage and want to use it in their gardens and such.
  17. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    ya didn't get my post ,
    You won squat , you always had the friggin RIGHT !!

    Buy a house / land , ALWAY have the MR's included or it's worth squat !!
  18. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    The United States ceased being the "land of the free" in April of 1865.
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  19. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    Oh blah! We have HOA's that make it their duty to spy and report on people if they are not following the law. We had a ban on collecting rainwater, getting caught is fines, court and who knows what else, probably classes or something because rehab is a big deal, My name is Moto and I am a waterholic. Is it worth the cost to illegally collect approximately 20 inches of water a year vs. court fees?
  20. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Only when I sell it to make a profit or ship it off !!
    You have been hood-winked for so long you have no datum or center .
    You will always use what is stored to put back or evaporate it back so someone else gets to use it ..
    Right now if CA had rain storage & folks use it to help with the bad dry , letting it just flow down drains & wash streets pickup the oils & crap , is just nuts .
    I live in / PNW rain forest area , WE have tree rules , NOT water,unless your Coke & buy 4mill galls for 12.00 per 1000 gal , make crap & sell it to rot , obese , kill with the poison they push.
    Tree rules were kicked back & we all voted out the last lefty's in power , they were against fire wood etc, The rural kicked the leftys out on votes in the area's & then the city folks found out that they can only have jobs if the rural work the fields / farms / sell meat to there area etc.
    I can have any bolt (tree round on length of fire wood stove can handle ) of a tree up to 8' foot , without needing a permit . They wanted no movement etc & the real smart non dependent folks who do real hard farm work laid down the rules to city need help always when the power go's out .
    your not stealing , you will water it back for food or fire .

    DOPE is on the new eagle way I hear 4 USA .
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