Rainwater Harvesting

August 10, 2016--Law lets Coloradans collect, use rainwater (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Vicki Felmlee is happy that the law has finally caught up with her. Like a lot of Coloradans, the longtime Grand Junction resident has been breaking the law for years by using rain barrels to collect water from her rooftop. That all changed Wednesday when Colorado became the last state in the nation to legalize them. “I haven’t been known for armed robbery, bribery or


July 23, 2016--Year Round Gardening: Rain barrels soon legal in Colorado (Gazette)

With the approach of legal use of rainwater collection on August 10th, Colorado residents are asking a lot of questions. Before you try reading the actual legislation, we’ll cover some of the basics. New laws allow for the collection and storage of rainwater for use on the property from which it is collected.


March 20, 2016--Is rainwater just a drop in the bucket? (Denver Post)

Rain barrels are in the news again in Colorado, the only state in the U.S. where collection of rainwater is illegal. House Bill 1005, now before the Senate, is an attempt to change that.


March 2, 2016--Storm clears on Colorado rain-barrel bill (Durango Herald)

The Colorado House on Tuesday gave overwhelming bipartisan approval to a bill that would allow Coloradans to collect rain water that falls on their roofs. The House passed the bill 61-3. The “no” votes came from Republican Reps.


September 15, 2015--Rain-barrel discussion renewed (Durango Herald)

A legislative committee Tuesday approved drafting a bill that would legalize rain barrels. Colorado is the only state where they are illegal. The Water Resources Review Committee won’t officially vote on whether to introduce the measure as a committee until October. If the committee approves the bill, then it would be introduced at the start of the next session in January.


May 6, 2015--Colorado measure to allow rooftop rain barrels fails (9 News)

Colorado's only-in-the-nation ban on backyard rain barrels is sticking around for another year. The state Senate moved Tuesday to reject a bill to allow homeowners to use up to two 55-gallon rain barrels. The maneuver was a late-evening vote to delay the bill, meaning it won't make it to the governor's desk before lawmakers conclude work for the year.


May 3, 2015--Rain-barrel measure could wash away in Colo. (Durango Herald)

A measure that would allow Coloradans to collect and store rainwater that falls on their roofs has hit a storm and could drown. Supporters say the bill has been held hostage by the Republican chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, who very publicly loathes even the concept of the legislation.


April 17, 2015--Senate panel delays vote on rain-barrel bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Homeowners who use rain barrels are violating state water laws, but a bill discussed in a Senate panel on Thursday would make it OK. Under HB1259, which cleared the Colorado House last month on a 45-20 vote, homeowners would be able to use two 55-gallon barrels to collect rainwater, but only for use on their gardens and lawn. The thinking behind the measure is two-fold, said Sen.


April 2, 2015--Colorado House votes to allow rainwater collection (Bloomberg Business)

Colorado’s House of Representatives has approved a bill that would end the nation’s only ban on homeowners collecting rainwater. If signed into law, the measure would allow for the personal collection of as much as 110 gallons.


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