Civil War in Colorado: Who Owns Raindrops?

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    Jun 15, 2015 10:35 PM GMT
    NYT: But Colorado is one of the last places in the country where rainwater barrels are still largely illegal because of a complex system of water rights in which nearly every drop is spoken for.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/us/a-thirsty-colorado-battles-over-the-destiny-of-its-raindrops-drought.html?
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    Jun 16, 2015 12:07 AM GMT
    Give it enough time and they'll be making people piss in designated barrels that get shipped off to irrigate farmland. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 17, 2015 4:15 AM GMT
    Catch me if you can.

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    Jun 18, 2015 4:20 AM GMT
    How do they handle the concept of *pools*? Much bigger than barrels, and bigger capture area. If you're smart, you use a sterilization system that doesn't require chlorination, and you end up with your own reservoir.

    Just have to be a bit creative to get around the law, as always....
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    Jun 18, 2015 3:35 PM GMT
    you really dont want to collect water w/o treating it and or totally restricting its use.
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    Jun 18, 2015 5:18 PM GMT
    It is somewhat ironic that some 25 years ago a gentleman from Denver approached a Dallas based business unit of mine requesting that it construct a cogeneration power plant some 70 or 80 miles south of Denver that was to support a greenhouse operation in which tomatoes were to grow. The fuel to be used was car and truck tires. The tires were covered in Colorado silt, fouling each and every combustor the gentleman had field tested to burn what he had acquired for fuel. Being an individual who on extremely rare occasion pauses at such a challenge -- and having decades of knowledge burning other people's crap at the point -- we signed up to "study" the issue.

    I say "study" meaning we would decide whether to commit capital after credible due diligence. (Something lacking in that liberal Solyndra thing by the way.) The hold up all those years ago was availability of water to irrigate those tomatoes. Now days we just grow tomatoes in Texas thank you.
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    Jun 18, 2015 5:28 PM GMT
    Doctor9 saidHow do they handle the concept of *pools*? Much bigger than barrels, and bigger capture area. If you're smart, you use a sterilization system that doesn't require chlorination, and you end up with your own reservoir.

    Just have to be a bit creative to get around the law, as always....

    Rain buckets draw rain that falls on the roof of a building, so the surface area is bigger than the average backyard pool....

    I collect rainwater and use it to water my garden. I never have to turn on a hose.