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1/30/2014 9:28 AM
 

Hello, I'm new here and wanted to ask a question. I am moving to the Spokane area this summer, and was told by a family member that Washington State had water 'rights' to the rainwater. I asked the internet about this and found questionable but supporting evidence and this makes it seem likes 'ok' to harvest the rainwater;     http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/hq/rwh.html 

So my question to you folks who live in Washington is this, Is harvesting rainwater an issue for anyone? Or has it been an issue? 

It seems they fear a future problem with roof top and guzzler collection methods as well?  http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/rules/images/pdf/pol1017.pdf

 

 
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1/30/2014 5:11 PM
 

My interpretation, based on my conversations with Washington Dept. of Ecology, is that rooftop water harvesting is a de minimus use and that this is extremely unlikely to change.

 
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1/30/2014 8:34 PM
 
The law prohibiting rainwater collection, yes there was actually a law against it, was rescinded by the state legislature in 2012.
 
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1/30/2014 9:07 PM
 

Welcome to Spokane-good luck in your moving.

I was told there was a law passed last year that no longer prevented people from collecting rain water. Also there is a governmental push to reduce rain from going into the storm drains. 

Torie

 
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2/4/2014 5:02 AM
 
Thanks to everyone that responded! I'm glad I can cross this one off my list. Does anyone here actively harvest rainwater? I am looking to try out a variety of methods, from catching it off the roof to storing it in a cistern.
 
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2/4/2014 12:01 PM
 

I do, although my system is in transition to more, larger tanks.

 
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2/4/2014 3:20 PM
 
@edbryant
Are you catching off your roof? Or harvesting by another means?
 
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2/5/2014 6:33 AM
 

I'm collecting from an asphalt shingle roof.

 
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2/5/2014 8:35 AM
 
I have put gutters on almost every surface that has any collection capabilities. This includes my small, 10x10 chicken coop. They drain into 50 gal, food-grade plastic barrels located where I use them. I also bought 2- 275gal food-grade IPC totes from an outfit in Athol, Idaho for $125 each. I built 3 ft stands to set them on and even with this low of a "head" I can still fill a 5-gal bucket in about 2 minutes. Finally, I am digging small, 10k gal "pondettes" that will eventually fill up from rain/runoff/well inputs. The dry spell here in the summer pretty much precludes this amount of water from meeting my irrigation needs but does meet low-use needs like chickens, bucket irrigation, compost tea, washing and cleaning. I still have to use my 17 gal/minute well for irrigation. I can also use it for drinking after I filter it if necessary. All totalled, I usually have 1000 gals on hand at any one time. Future plans include 3 more IPC totes for down in the garden and a larger pond, above our house, for gravity feed, low-pressure irrigation. Hope this helps.
 
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