Rainwater Harvesting Poised To Grow In US West

rainwater harvesting chain cluster downspout
With the news that the US State of Colorado has decided to make it legal for small farmers to collect rainwater - holding out the possibility that city dwellers, too, may one day be offered legal means to harvest rain - a tipping point approaches.

Driven by the intersection of sprawl & extended drought, and amplified by a citizenry's enduring fondness for 'individual responsibility,' rainwater harvesting techniques are poised to spread, once freed from inflexible and counterproductive water management traditions stemming from the late 1800's. (These rain barrel restrictions are as counterproductive and indefensible as the General Mining Act of 1872 that governs public lands).

Antique water laws, ,common in Western states, currently make it illegal for individuals and businesses to collect rainwater. Given the demographic trends and continuing drought, those laws are like a tin can on the track of an oncoming train: it's a predetermined outcome that legislators will eventually grant people the means to face the drought the way Australians have.

There's more good news...collection systems don't have to be make-shift ugly. For more about the example pictured above, visit the go-to site The Rainwater Observer, Rainwater News And Blogs From Around The World. More pics from the Observer, below.

20000 gallon rainwater storage tank photo

This 20,000 gallon tank will supply the whole house with potable drinking water. Two self-cleaning vortex filters allow only clean water to reach the tank. These filters remove and dispose of any particles larger than 20 microns and are an intelligent way to ensure that the drinking water tank remains free of any foreign objects at all times.
Image credits:Rainwater Observer, Rainwater System Installation, Part 2, Jeremy's blog.

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