Rainwater Harvesting is the Smart Rural Option

WesternGardeners.com welcomes our newest advertiser: Flxx Rainwater Harvesting Systems and Equipment located in Boulder. Flxx serves rural Colorado, and nearby states, providing complete rainwater harvesting solutions from design to installation.  (Photos  provided by Flxx Rainwater.)

Colorado’s water laws have never allowed for the collection and storage of rainwater until last July.

Now, some rural Coloradans are allowed to lawfully capture and store rainwater on their property.

Legislative changes created the opportunity for rural residents to capture and use rainwater that flows off their rooftops.

However, residents who get their water from a municipality or water district are still prohibited from collecting rainwater in Colorado.

Harvesting rainwater is a sustainable option to letting rain simply slip away. Green-minded Coloradans can now catch it, store it and use it.

Catch It

With the passage of the State of Colorado Senate Bill 09-080, Colorado residents who have a current well permit, or those who can obtain a well permit, are allowed to catch and hold rainwater for ordinary household purposes, fire protection, the watering of poultry, domestic animals and livestock on farms or ranches, and the irrigation of one acre of gardens and lawns.

This means rainwater can be used as a supplement for a low-producing well or to water the lawn and garden. Think you don’t get enough rain to collect and store? If you have a 1000 square foot roof, you can capture approximately 623 gallons of water in just 1 inch of rain.

Colorado gets 15-18 inches of rain a year on average, which means there’s an opportunity to capture a minimum of 9,345 gallons of water.

Catching this much rainwater not only saves money, but it reduces demands on well water.

Store It

There are a number of ways to store captured rainwater, from a 50-gallon rain barrel placed at the end of a downspout to an engineered system that optimizes the potential amount of rain your roof can capture.

Plastic above-ground storage tanks work if you want to dip your toes into rainwater harvesting,  but most people prefer a long-term, permanent solution such as a high-quality, durable storage unit made from precast concrete.

When used for rainwater collection, tanks are typically placed near the house to catch roof runoff. However, a gutter extension can also be used to carry water from roof to tank if the catchment system needs to be farther from the house.

The approach to each project is different, depending on the type of roof material and where the water will be used.

Use It

Once rainwater is captured, stored and filtered, it can be put to use to water the lawn or garden, wash clothes, or re-charge fire protection cisterns. With more advanced filtration, it can be used to water livestock and pets. With treatment, rainwater can be used as drinking water.

Capturing, storing and using harvested rainwater provides a great alternative to carting in water from an external source, and after the initial investment, it’s virtually free!

For more information on installing a rainwater harvesting system, or to schedule a free site inspection, please visit flxxrainwater.com, or give Flxx Rainwater a call at 800-783-3207.

Now…let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.


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