(March 1) – A bill by Reps. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, to allow residents to store rain water in up to two 55-gallon rain barrels for use on personal gardens and lawns passed the House on third reading this morning.
“This is a common-sense bill that earned overwhelming bi-partisan support across Colorado,” said Rep. Esgar. “I’ve heard it from my constituents and others across the state—why can’t we collect some rain to water our gardens? I hope the Senate also votes to free the rain barrels so that a simple conservation tool is no longer outlawed in our great state.”
“I appreciate the time, care and thought our colleagues on both sides of the aisle took with this bill,” said Rep. Danielson. “It’s just common sense—the more water homeowners are conserving, the more water we keep in the system for Colorado farmers.”
Colorado is the only state in the nation where conservation of water in rain barrels is illegal. A recent Colorado State University study found that the possible effect of residential rain barrels on downstream water sources was so minimal it could not be measured.
The bipartisan 61-3 vote sends HB16-1005 to the Senate. Reps. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, Jim Wilson, R-Salida, and Clarice Navarro, R-Pueblo, were the only votes opposed.