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Old 05-03-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Rainwater Harvesting

I know that some of the skoolienuts here have expressed interest in rainwater harvesting to extend water use. I downloaded a free ebook (pdf) called The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting (caution the link will immediately download the pdf) and it gives a good amount of info as well as diagrams that show how to build a First Flush Diverter.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Rainwater Harvesting website is a good source of more info (but their books aren't free). You can read short descriptions of various ways stored rainwater is used. At the end of each use is a section where additional material (books) that addresses the specific use is recommended.

Downloading the free Manual and reading the website is a good start if you are interested in constructing a rainwater harvesting system. The manual addresses harvesting rainwater for potable use as well.

Edit: fixed link again on 8/8/2014.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:37 AM   #2
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Re: Rainwater Harvesting

I think its colorado that it's illegal to harvest rain water,because it disrupts what would be soaked into the groundwater source...pretty crazy
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #3
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I think its colorado that it's illegal to harvest rain water,because it disrupts what would be soaked into the groundwater source...pretty crazy
Here in Utah we had similar laws. It was highlighted in a major way when a well-meaning car dealer built a collection system on his building's roof and used the water to wash cars on the lot. The city did the right thing by granting him a right to use the water. I guess it makes sense in a way -- water doesn't just magically emerge from the ground, at least not here in the west. I think the intent of the law was probably to prevent large-scale catching and diversion of surface runoff. As of May 2010, Utah law is amended to allow water to be collected and used on the same parcel of land without a water right, though the law requires a free registration with the state Divison of Water Rights.

I wonder how this intersects with rainwater collection on a vehicle.... probably a "better to ask forgiveness" situation.
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Re: Rainwater Harvesting

It's illegal in Oregon also, I was just reading about it yesterday. Rainwater collection being illegal just seems insane to me.. If you do collect it and use it, eventually it comes back out the other end so...

We'll be putting some kind of rain gutter system on our bus but haven't figured out exactly how yet. Thanks for posting
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:05 PM   #5
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First link in the original post is broken. Please fix, thx.

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Old 12-13-2013, 11:45 PM   #6
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Here in the State of Washington the state says that all the water falling on the land

belongs to the state. The crazy thing is the city and county charge a fee for handling

the run-off from your property. Storm drainage fees according to how many square feet

of land you have. And they will cite you for collecting rain water.
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Hmm seems to me if they own the water that hits the ground seem to me when there is a lack of water then they should provide water when there is a lack of it?

That is totally absurd that they can say suck things.
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Here's a better link, you have to manually click the PDF link though...[/url]http://www.twdb.texas.gov/innovativewater/rainwater/docs.asp[url]
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http://www.twdb.texas.gov/innovative...water/docs.asp fixed url to a clickable link. The first link is to the same page but my (now fixed again) link was a direct download. Apparently the pages moved. Hate it when that happens. Thanks!
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