State House Passes Bill To Allow Rainwater Collection

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<p>A perfectly legal rain barrel in Chicago. </p>
Photo: Rain barrel (Flickr/CC)
A perfectly legal rain barrel in Chicago.

Colorado is the only state where collecting rainwater is illegal. A recent Colorado State University study found that the possible effect of residential rain barrels on downstream water sources was minimal. Opponents say capturing the rainwater would hurt downstream ranchers, farmers and towns.

Next, the state Senate takes up the bill.