This insane. In Colorado it is illegal to collect rainwater flowing off your roof into a rain barrel because under their bizarre and arcane water laws, that water already belongs to someone else – something which takes the concept of private property to entirely new levels of psychosis.
However it’s not just Colorado, all the states in the southwest have equally screwy laws. Upstream rights. Got-here-first rights. Use it or lose it threats. It’s a ball of confusion, yes it is.
Now factor in the huge population growth there, coupled with increasing drought, pitting states against states, cities against agriculture, and you might have some idea of the train wreck that is coming.
PS I’m guessing the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association will not be having their conference in Colorado…