Once Again Colorado Senate Drowns Rainwater-collection Bill Jeopardizing the Safety Of It's Citizens

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Collecting rainwater runoff from roofs to water plants is illegal, and the Colorado State Senate just voted to keep it that way.

Talk about some good old fashioned political wrangling....

Word is that Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, had to go over the head of agriculture committee Chair Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, just to get the bill to the floor.

The measure would have allowed Coloradans to collect two barrels of rainwater a year to water gardens.

“It gives urban dwellers a chance to see what it means to have to be cautious with the amount of water they use, to be careful, to save,” said Sen. Michael Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs. “People need to realize we really are a desert state.”  

A backup water supply such as rainwater collection and storage gives every homeowner a fighting chance during emergency situations such as pipeline breakages, power outages in well-pump supplied locations, as well as during a rare disaster such as a Hailstorm, tornado, earthquake, or unforseen event.  Many people who have such systems don't realize that it's illegal since such laws have no common sense about them.  It has been proven that of the water that falls, more than 96% of it never makes it into the expected downstream locations.  Most of the water evaporates back into the air.  So why not catch some of it before it takes off?  Many locations in New Zealand and Australia now mandate that every home be built with a rainwater collection system, and is necessary for the safety of the residents to have continuous unobstructed access to water.  They suggest that the water is not removed from downstream locations, but simply delayed.  If implemented during a wet season, the downstream water will not be missed.

Two barrels of water is two too many, argued the water buffaloes – lawmakers, farmers and just about anyone with a vested interested in the current way water is distributed in Colorado. That included reps for big water companies eager to sell every drop they can grab in this drought-prone state, who argued that the barrel phenomenon could explode in urban areas and impact downstream users.

Advocates from Conservation Colorado said the rain-barrel fight is far from over and that Coloradans should prepare for even more scalding water wars in the future.

“Going forward, Colorado will face tough choices in our water use as our population grows, and we face diminishing available supplies,” said director Peter Maysmith in a release. “Innovative steps like rain barrels can be part of solutions to help Coloradans conserve and use scarce water supplies wisely. For Colorado to continue to thrive, all Coloradans will need to work together on water solutions that provide for our communities, agriculture and our environment.”

Update: For those who are curious, HB 1259 was killed via a procedural movement approved by an unrecorded vote. Senate leadership laid over the bill until after the session ends, when it can’t be passed. 

Source:  The Colorado Independent    Also see The Durango Herald


~Personally, I would use one of these disguised rain barrel collectors.... what do you think:

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