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Old 05-13-2016, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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With a swipe of the governor's pen, it is now legal for Coloradans to collect the rain that falls from their roofs. The move makes Colorado the final state in the country to sanction rain barrels.
Colorado's Statewide Nightmare Is Over: Rain Barrels Are Now Legal | KUNC

I don't actually have one but maybe I'll get one now.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:44 PM
 
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Just don't get more than two, right? Would that be enough for a 10 x 10 foot greenhouse? Less or more? Still crazy, unprecedented by degree bias to first claims compared to every other state. Don't get caught with over the new "possession limit" of 110 gallons. I can see irrigation districts or municipalities hiring a new form of ditch riders (roof watchers?) to find / report those over or way over 110 gallons in possession. To combat that, probably will see secret underground (or perhaps attic if fairly small) cisterns. A growth industry to get in or invest in. Will or do any folks horde gray water or try to sell it back to the water utility? Will the utility demand it back? Monetize the flush.

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Old 05-13-2016, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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My rain barrels (yes, more than two) have been out for years.
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Old 05-15-2016, 11:04 PM
 
Location: CO
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My rain barrels (yes, more than two) have been out for years.
We like to go on garden tours every June and were often surprised to see rain barrels in use in the Denver Metro area. I always assumed those gardeners were newbies to Colorado and had no idea about the water laws in our state. Considering they probably came from states with abundant rainfall I would imagine they just assumed it was okay.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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We like to go on garden tours every June and were often surprised to see rain barrels in use in the Denver Metro area. I always assumed those gardeners were newbies to Colorado and had no idea about the water laws in our state. Considering they probably came from states with abundant rainfall I would imagine they just assumed it was okay.
Oh I'm not a newbie and I am quite familiar with the issue of water rights.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:41 AM
 
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Bust out the rain barrel as though the state/region will of the suddenly change climatically? There's not much to catch from the sky in this bone-dry state. People must be very desperate to get that excited. This "victory" is both odd and strangely humorous.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Bust out the rain barrel as though the state/region will of the suddenly change climatically? There's not much to catch from the sky in this bone-dry state. People must be very desperate to get that excited. This "victory" is both odd and strangely humorous.
I'm looking at the rain coming down right now. Yes, CO is dryer than some places but we certainly still get rain sometimes.

Presumably the people who pushed to get this law passed and those who broke the law before now in order to have illegal rain barrels felt there is a benefit to having them.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Bust out the rain barrel as though the state/region will of the suddenly change climatically? There's not much to catch from the sky in this bone-dry state. People must be very desperate to get that excited. This "victory" is both odd and strangely humorous.
I see this as a freedom issue, less government out of our backyards. Water lands on YOUR property, it should be yours. Even though I disagree politically with the governor, I'm glad he signed it into law.
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:18 AM
 
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So where/on whose property does the water you drink land? Should the folks who own the land where your glass full/bath/lawn irrigation comes from get to keep that water too...cus it landed on their land? Mine, mine, mine?

Less government? Can you save enough water from your roof to drink and sustain what is YOURS in those 2 barrels? Or maybe... do you think water rights MIGHT play into the fact there is water in your faucet whatsoever?
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:00 AM
 
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I see this as a freedom issue, less government out of our backyards. Water lands on YOUR property, it should be yours. Even though I disagree politically with the governor, I'm glad he signed it into law.
So your property rights trump my water rights? You might want to read up on that as just might be taking what's mine. One might call it theft.

While it might be a non-issue (due to the restrictions on rain barrel size), it's certainly not as cut and dry as you're painting it IMO.
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