Legalizing Rainwater

Collecting and using rainwater has since been illegal for Coloradans until a few weeks ago. Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill that went into effect on May 12th, legalizing the use of residential rain barrels in the state. The new law allows residents to collect and store up to 110 gallons of rainwater as long as it is being put back into the ground of your property.

 

“This is a victory for Coloradans who care about their state’s incredible rivers, lakes, streams, and waters,” said Pete Smith, Executive Director of Conservation Colorado. “Rain barrels are an important educational tool and a great first step toward conservation and increasing awareness about the water challenges facing Colorado. Water conservation is the cheapest, fastest, and most flexible water strategy we have to addressing these challenges.”

 

We’ve stumbled upon a really interesting and eye opening website called PermaDesign. PermaDesign has created an interactive feature that estimates the water resources that your roof collects in an average year. The interactive tool locates your home through Google Maps, has you trace an outline of the roof of your home, and the rest of the work is done for you. The results are pretty astounding…

Permadesign

A roof around 750 square feet is estimated to collect almost 9000 gallons of water in an average year! If you don’t know what 9000 gallons of water looks like, it would fill one of these huge water tanks

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And although Colorado’s new rain barrel initiative only allows for you to store up to 110 gallons at one time, someday we may reach a point where its legal to store even more water. Rain barrels are free of calcium, chlorine and lime, making it perfect for watering flowers and lawns, washing cars and windows and even flushing toilets.  Take advantage of Colorado’s new law and cut down on your summer water bill!

Rain Barrel

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