I don't know much about that. Isn't it currently just in Boulder?
I can't remember where it is. I had looked into it to see if I could get a permit but I didn't qualify so I just forgot about it. All I remember is that it was sort of a test to see if rain barrels caused any problems.
Just seems so silly. All it really does is divert the water temporarily. Still ends up in the water table. I would think that would be easy to prove without a rain barrel test. But what do I know?
I believe the roof top collection, if I've been told right, was not so much because a homeowner's rain barrel collection would be a problem, but again to put the law in place to handle cities.
If a city (think large area) decrees all roof top run off, driveway run off, road and street and sidewalk (anything paved) run off is diverted they can indeed have a major effect on a water way.
We cannot dam up the water coming off our roof or coming from the mountain across the street. We can divert its flow only to protect buildings. Turned out it was washing out one corner of our foundation (legit diagnosis of a settling problem). So we divert it through our garden and let it go its merry way, quite legally
If you collect the water off the roof, use it to drink, wash yourself and your clothes, water your crops and flush the residue through your septic system, how much of what you collected actually misses getting back to the land? You might actually return more if you buy liquids from the store.
A friend told me over the weekend that he recently read that rain barrels are okay now in Colorado? He has recruited my son to help him set up a couple. I haven't seen any such thing but that doesn't mean much. Anyone else know? (Of course, since it has rained maybe twice all year, he isn't likely to get much.)
Here in the Hill Country of Texas, I get a tax exemption equal to the cost of installing the rainwater collection system. My system has 28,000 gal of storage in it. I catch rain off of every roof I own. I am limited to 25,000 gallons per day from my well.
I understand from a friend in Trinidad, Co that its illegal to utilize gray water to water gardens. The state owns the gray water. Even if he BUYS WATER, he can only use it once - after that it belongs to the state. I guess the state owns his pee too.
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I'm thinking that if there are laws involved the government must think that the rain belongs to them. Here, the game commission takes the position that all game animals belong to them. Same sort of situation, I imagine.
Then they like me should provide pasture or pay those they steal from.
Does anyone know which states it's illegal to collect rainwater?
In Wyoming they are generally considered legal but, by the letter of the law there is no exception for rain barrels so they fall under the same laws as any surface water diversion and storage. No one is willing to try and inforce the law against them.
If the grass looks greener it is probably over the septic tank. - troy n sarah tx
In Washington they can choose to shut you down but usually they don't care. The law is to give them something they can use if you are impacting others by collecting.
Right or wrong that is the direction many areas are going as aquifers and other water resources are being drained from over use.
That may be true in western WA, in eastern WA you don't fool with water rights unless you want to be involved in a lawsuit, not from the state but the person who's water you are using. They are taken very seriously in rural areas here.
yup theres a city not far from me doing this, and many it is illegal to put a well in. and even more if they run a city water pipe line or sewer close enough you are bound by law to hook up.
I was quite surprised to learn that in my county, here in rural southern Kentucky, it's quite illegal to have a water well put in. Also, we now have a Storm Water Management dept with a salaried guru to run things. Costs us $4 a month on our rural water bill with no way to opt out. Doesn't sound like much, but without that $4 my bill would only be $11/month, so it'a actually a very significant portion of my bill.