Collecting Rain Water in Colorado
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Collecting rainwater should be legal in Colorado. Harvesting results in a great deal of usefulness within households and in gardens. It allows collectors to save money when they can cut back on using water from the city, and use collected rainwater instead. Coloradans should be able to take collected rainwater inside their homes or gardens to irrigate or do chores around the house. Collecting rainwater is very beneficial to Coloradans and the Colorado environment.
If collecting rainwater was legal in Colorado, we would be able to reduce floods and soil erosion. Collecting rainwater reduces storm water runoff from homes and businesses, which is a step to reduce flooding. By ruducing the amounts of floods, we can spend less money on flood damage and less on manholes made by flooding. Though manholes are generally difficult to avoid, they can be reduced. Thankfully, when we are capable to collect rainwater, we can use the water to irrigate. This allows individuals to choose times to water our plants without regulation. When we are capable of choosing when to water our gardens and yards with our collected water and not the water from the city. This could allow water prices to decrease because there will not be a constant need for water to sprinkling systems, hoses, etc.
On May 12, 2016, the House Bill 16-1005 was signed to loosen some rainwater collection restrictions. While some satisfaction comes from knowing that the collection of rain water off rooftops is legal, to an extent, it still does not satisfy the needs of some Coloradans nor does it satisfy parts of Colorado’s environment. When you collect rain from your roof, you have the possibility of chemicals seeping off from your roofs with the water, making it toxic. Also, if you collect rain from your roof, there are possibilities of animal droppings getting into the water as well. When you are restricted to only collecting rainwater off of your roof, you often must treat the water, and that gets expensive. On the other hand, when you collect rainwater in other locations on your property, you can worry less about toxicity. While you do have to possibly worry about animals coming by and drinking the water or something similar, there are ways to avoid it, but there are not too many ways to avoid chemicals.
In different articles about the pros and cons of collecting rainwater, such as “Rainwater Harvesting – Pros and Cons Explained” by Bev Da Silva, the pros practically always outweigh the cons. Though the cons include treating your collected water (because of chemicals, animals, pollution, etc.), unreliability because rain is not always promised, and the storage restrictions. Treating the water might be difficult due to expenses or just not knowing how to do so, but even without using the water to drink, there are many alternatives for using the water. Rain of course can not happen with just a snap of ones fingers (if it could, collecting the water would probably not be an issue. Storage restrictions may be difficult as it is because of where someone lives or because of how much rainwater a person can collect as it is.
I personally think collecting rainwater is a great idea because it helps my family and my community use less water provided by the city. Colorado is in a drought, and we should be able to use our collected water that could possibly just be going to waste anyways, for good use. Drought is difficult, but working with it seems much easier than allowing it to become worse.
Anyways, collecting rainwater is very beneficial for the environment and for citizens. From reducing floods to simply doing the dishes, you can do many things with collected rainwater. Rainwater collection should be legal in Colorado, so sign this petition and let’s start making a difference so we can start collecting rainwater.
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