A good idea -- if you can get away with it

Friederici, Peter
October 2008
High Country News;10/13/2008, Vol. 40 Issue 18, p9
The article discusses the legal issues on rainwater harvesting in Western states including Utah, Colorado and Washington. Accordingly, it is illegal in these states to collect runoff from ones own roof. Citizens in these states who want to collect rainwater have to apply for a water right permit. State water officials argue that all free flowing water are already dedicated to someone else's use and trapping rainwater amounts to impeding that right.


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