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Rainwater harvesting is illegal?

The New York Times has a piece today covering the disparate laws and attitudes toward gathering what naturally falls from the sky. In Colorado, it is actually illegal to use a rainbarrel for its intended purpose. “The rainbarrel is the bong of the Colorado garden“, while financial incentives are in place for more rainwater harvesting systems to be installed in the arid Southwest.

Definitely something to keep an eye on in your community. In the mean time, in the spirit of rebellion and because it’s been raining in New England for a solid month, here is a helpful guide to making your own cheap and pretty DIY rainbarrels. Happy watering!

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2 Responses to “Rainwater harvesting is illegal?”

  1. […] an addendum to yesterday’s rainwater harvesting post, here is a link to Treehugger’s coverage of the Peak Water crisis, including calculations of […]

  2. This is a great web resource for rainwater harvesting for the United States – http://www.harvesth2o.com/statues_regulations.shtml

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