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Old 08-28-2018, 02:27 PM
 
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So, being into gardening, i read retaining rainwater is illegal. Is this true in Colorado Springs? That absolutely makes no sense lol. I was planning on buying a rain barrel and using that to water my veggies and plants
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Old 08-28-2018, 02:35 PM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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It used to be, but the last I knew it's okay to do it now. I do.

I believe there's a thread in this forum about that - do a search and you may find it.
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Old 08-28-2018, 02:38 PM
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Location: Land of the Caddo and Tonkawa
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I was planning on buying a rain barrel and using that to water my veggies and plants
Legal or not, you wouldn't catch much in a year. Only on occasion, as a small supplement the usual faucet use. Might be better off obtaining hydrogen, and somehow mixing it with oxygen to get H2O (wink).
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Old 08-28-2018, 02:58 PM
 
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I believe diverting runoff for irrigation purposes is still generally illegal in CO, but there definitely was a recent change in the law to legalize rain barrels. I think the original law was supposed to prevent people from damming up streams and the like, that would deprive downstream users of their water supply. I agree that a rain barrel is not likely to satisfy your garden watering needs, since there's typically little or no rain to collect in the early summer when your garden is going to be the most "thirsty".
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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It goes back to the scarcity of water in the West. Every drop of rain is spoken for the second it hits the ground. Plenty of people own land in the West, but do not own the water flowing through it.

The new law allows the storage of up to 110 gallons of rainwater in one or two rain barrels.

Here’s the details of the law: https://conservationco.org/2016/07/a...-rain-barrels/

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