I recently had a conversation about water usage and rights in Colorado. For years we have known that the water that falls from the sky is off limits. Back in July of 2009 that changed, sort of. It is true that with the passage of Senate Bill 09-080 land owners are now able to utilize rainwater. However, very few people are actually eligible. Here is a rundown of the requirements to harvest rainwater in Colorado:
1. The property on which the collection takes place is residential property, and
2. The landowner uses a well, or is legally entitled to a well, for the water supply, and
3. The well is permitted for domestic uses, and
4. There is no water supply available in the area from a municipality or water district, and
5. The rainwater is collected only from the roof, and
6. The water is used only for those uses that are allowed by, and identified on, the well permit.
As you can see the requirements are quite strict and very few people are actually eligible to use rainwater. Someone who wants to use rainwater must meet all of these criteria for the new law to come into play. This is good new for those on well or do not have a municipal source of water. It is business as usual for those in who have municipal or water district water.