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SERVING LANDOWNERS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY COLORADO FOR OVER 50 YEARS

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 RAINWATER HARVESTING IN COLORADO        

Urban Rainwater Collection HB 16-1005 Passed  

             The Governor signed HB16-1005 on May 12, 2016.  It is finally now legal for Colorado residence to collect 110 gallons of  rainwater  off their residential urban rooftop. This takes affect August 10, 2016.    Please read through HB 16-1005 for more information.           


        RURAL LANDOWNERS USING A WELL AS ONLY WATER SUPPPLY CAN COLLECT RAINWATER

Senate Bill 09-080 was passed by the General assembly and signed by the Governor during the 2009 legislative session.  This bill allows certain property owners who rely on certain types of wells for their water supply, limited collection and use of precipitation, only if:

     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 according to Section 37-92-602, C.R.S., or Section 37-90-105, C.R.S.   (generally, this means the permit number will be five or six digits with no "-F" suffix at the end); 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 of a building that is used primarily as a residence; and

     6. The water is used only for those uses that are allowed by, and identified on, the well permit. 

If you do not meet, at a minimum, ALL of the above criteria, then the change in the law does not affect you and the current restrictions on collecting rainwater still apply.  This law was effective on July 1, 2009. 

Here is more information about Rainwater Collection in Colorado,

On June 8, 2013 the Douglas County Conservation District and the Rural Water Authority of Douglas County hosted a rainwater Harvesting Workshop in Castle Rock.  It was a wonderful way to learn about the laws and regulations in the state to collect rain and snowmelt for water conservation.    Sixty nine landowners and Five vendors listened to the four presentations on introduction to rain harvesting, laws and incentives, rainwater collection systems, and estimating runoff, etc.  The Colorado Division of Water Resources website has more information on SB 09-080 at www.water.state.co.us   and the "Rooftop Precipitation Collection System" permit application (Form No. GWS-78) can be found online at  http://water.state.co.us/DWRIPub/Documents/gws-78.pdf

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE WORKSHOP IN PDF:

Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting - Hari Krishna

Laws and Incentives for Texas and other states - Hari Krishna

Estimating Runoff - Hari Krishna

Presentations by Hari Krishna the founder of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) -  www.arcsa.org 

VENDORS WERE:

        CHF Services, LLC -

        Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) - www.cocorahs.org 

        Free Water Systems, LLC - www.freewatersystems.com

        Front Range Precast Concrete, Inc - www.FLXX.com

See "Water Conservation" Page for water saving information