Now It’s Legal to Use Rainwater in Colorado

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That it was ever illegal to harvest rainwater in Colorado seems so strange to us. But now, thanks to two new laws, residents can grab as much free rainwater as they’d like (and they don’t have to worry about going to jail)…

Our favorite quote from the New York Times article:
“I was so willing to go to jail for catching water on my roof and watering my garden,” said Tom Bartels, a video producer here in southwestern Colorado, who has been illegally watering his vegetables and fruit trees from tanks attached to his gutters. “But now I’m not a criminal.”

According to the article, rainwater collection is still illegal in Utah and Washington. Would you risk going to jail, and harvest rainwater illegally if you lived in one of these states?

(Image: Flickr member Taran Rampersad licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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