Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

One option for people living in dry climates should be to collect rainwater, right? Maybe you could point your roof's downspout into a barrel, right? Right? RIGHT?


Some Western states hold that citizens don't have rights to the raindrops that fall on their own heads. And roofs, etc.

"If you try to collect rainwater, well, that water really belongs to someone else," said Doug Kemper, executive director of the Colorado Water Congress. "We get into a very detailed accounting on every little drop."

I can see how holding water in a barrell might create a breeding ground for mosquitoes, but really, this kind of conservation should be an uncontested good. Alas, human rights hold no sway against 100 year old water contracts.

This sounds like an early shot in the Water Wars of the 21st century.


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