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Walking Mountains Sustainability Tip: Start a rain barrel collection system

Kira Koppel
Walking Mountains Science Center
You are able to use a rain barrel as long as you live in a single-family household or a multi-family household with four or fewer units.
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Did you know that before 2016, it was illegal to capture and use rainwater in the state of Colorado? After House Bill 16-1005 was introduced and passed, it became legal to use rainwater for outdoor plants, gardens and lawns. This year is as good as any to get started on your own rainwater collection.

Though we may have received more precipitation this year than the last, it is still as important as ever to conserve water where we can to preserve our local environment. What better way than to use the water nature is already giving us? Read on for three tips to get started on your rain barrel collection system and how else you can conserve your outdoor water use this summer.

Three tips

Get a rain barrel: You are able to use one as long as you live in a single-family household or a multifamily household with four or fewer units. Each house can have two rain barrels, and the capacity of the combined barrels must be 110 gallons or less.

Use your collected water only for outdoor purposes: watering outdoor plants, gardens and lawns.

Ensure you have a barrel with a sealed lid: This helps prevent mosquitoes from entering the water and keep it free of contaminants. Place your rain barrel under the gutter or roof, where water runs off the building, and attach a screen or a first-flush device to keep that water clean.