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Lmao everyone has their speeds. It's okay you're not old. XD
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Lol thanks, some days I sure FEEL old wink.png

Oh on the rainwater thing.... It is indeed illegal to collect rainwater here in colorful Colorado... And it's stupid and rarely enforced... There has been progress on allowing it somewhat...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/03/24/it-is-actually-illegal-in-colorado-to-collect-the-rain-that-falls-on-your-home/


But here's the deal, the groundwater is already owned by the irrigation districts. And in Colorado, OUR rivers are mostly owned by California, or Nebraska. Everyone else gets our water, and the water rights were purchased in something like the 1800s lol, so there's almost no way around it. The rain and snow melt in Colorado doesn't belong to us.

Here's the real kicker; we have to PAY for our irrigation water. We are alotted only a certain amount of acre/feet of water per year, and if we need more, we have to pay for it. Pay for rain that fell on our own land then drained into the aquifer in order to water our crops, but we have to let it flow right by in the river and out of the state if we face drought, just to make sure it reaches CA and NE.

dumb. It's rainwater. And it's paid for already. Nothings free tongue.png
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post #33 of 34
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Nothing's free but everything's expensive lol darn truth
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Lol thanks, some days I sure FEEL old wink.png

Oh on the rainwater thing.... It is indeed illegal to collect rainwater here in colorful Colorado... And it's stupid and rarely enforced... There has been progress on allowing it somewhat...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/03/24/it-is-actually-illegal-in-colorado-to-collect-the-rain-that-falls-on-your-home/


But here's the deal, the groundwater is already owned by the irrigation districts. And in Colorado, OUR rivers are mostly owned by California, or Nebraska. Everyone else gets our water, and the water rights were purchased in something like the 1800s lol, so there's almost no way around it. The rain and snow melt in Colorado doesn't belong to us.

Here's the real kicker; we have to PAY for our irrigation water. We are alotted only a certain amount of acre/feet of water per year, and if we need more, we have to pay for it. Pay for rain that fell on our own land then drained into the aquifer in order to water our crops, but we have to let it flow right by in the river and out of the state if we face drought, just to make sure it reaches CA and NE.

dumb. It's rainwater. And it's paid for already. Nothings free tongue.png

dang.  I'd have a hard time with that.  Although, we do have similar things in Texas, as far as rivers creeks and such, but it hasn't progressed to rainwater or well water yet.

 

my only price for water is the electricity it takes to run the pump at the well.

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