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Guide: Capture rainwater at home

Steps to get it done:

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Capturing rainwater can allow you to limit your water usage by using rainwater for things like watering the lawn or garden.
Step 1: Have a means of collecting water
This means having working gutters that will drain as much of the water as possible to one point.
Step 2: Get a cistern for storage
Figure out how large of one you will want by figuring out how much water you use outdoors on a regular basis and also being realistic about how much rain you are likely to get.
Step 3: Install the system
Attach your cistern to your water source you identified in step 1. You're going to need to filter this water for any large debris before it enters the cistern. You also need to figure out how you are going to get the water out. How you do this will likely depend on the type of cistern you have.
Step 4: Use for watering your lawn or garden
Use your stored water for as much of your outdoor water needs as possible.
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Sam Fladung June 29, 2009
Ironically this may be illegal in some states. Colorado just legalized collecting rain water in a couple specific and restrictive cases. Here's a link

The laws regarding water collection vary by state and couldn't find a good list of them.

"Colorado water law declares that the state of Colorado claims the right to all moisture in the atmosphere that falls within its borders and that “said moisture is declared to be the property of the people of this state, dedicated to their use pursuant” to the Colorado constitution..."
Katie Weglarz June 29, 2009
This also has to do with the fact that the state of Colorado is required to deliver a certain amount of water to its borders. A good amount of our water belongs to places like Las Vegas. Water is a very tricky natural resource to deal with; be very careful with your water.
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