Rain Barrel Legalization

Colorado’s population is booming and our water supply is dwindling. We need to do everything we can to educate our population and connect with these challenges, especially since so many water residents are new to our state and new to our water challenges.

One useful tool for making that connection is rain barrels, which were recently legalized in our state. We were involved in passing a bill through the Colorado state legislature to allow two 55-gallon rain barrels per household across the state. This bill will allow citizens to save water and connect with their water supply using rain barrels.

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Get the facts on rain barrel legalization here!
Useful information from Colorado’s Division of Water Resources here.
Facts by CSU on how to use rain barrels legally here and here!


Rain Barrels: Everything You Need to Know

At last, we can all have access to an easy conservation tool that will help remind us of our connection to Colorado’s water supply. Now, of course, the practical questions remain — where do I even find rain barrels? How do I install one? Look no further! We’ve done the digging for you.

Rain barrels, check! What’s next?

Rain barrels are a great first step for a more empowered public, but that’s just part of ensuring a healthy water future and there are many more steps to take.

News and Media

Coloradans Celebrate Signing of Rain Barrel Legalization Bill (Press Release)

“This is a victory for Coloradans who care about their state’s incredible rivers, lakes, streams, and waters. Rain barrels are an important educational tool and a great first step toward conservation and increasing awareness about the water challenges facing Colorado.”

Residential rain barrels could capture 1,200 gallons a year

Ryan Haarar, 9News
May 31, 2016

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Residential Rain Barrels Legalized in Colorado

Jonathan Baker, HPPR
May 16, 2016

“This is a victory for Coloradans who care about their state’s incredible rivers, lakes, streams, and waters. Rain barrels are . . . a great first step toward conservation.”

Editorial Support

When in drought, stop holding residents over a rain barrel – Aurora Sentinel
Colorado should give green light to rain barrels – Denver Post

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Take Action for Colorado's Water

Thank Gov. Hickenlooper for legalizing rain barrels, an important first step toward stronger water conservation policy in Colorado.

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