Several times in my life I've heard people mention collecting rainwater. I've never understood why someone would want to, and I also never understood why some people complain about it being illegal. Thanks to Google and a little bit of free-time, I decided to get answer to both questions.
Why would anyone want to collect rainwater, and is it illegal in Texas?
Is It Illegal To Collect Rainwater In Texas?
This part caught me by surprise. I've often heard people complain and rabblerabblerabble about collecting rainwater being illegal.
However, in the state of Texas, it's not only legal. It's actually encouraged.
I find several resources regarding the issue. In fact, I found this whole guide just for Texas. You are well within your rights in Texas to collect rainwater. Not only are you allowed to, but in some cases you can get some perks when you file taxes. Check with your local government to see what incentives, if any, they provide.
Why Do People Collect Rainwater?
Fantastic question, considering it comes from a tap or plastic jug with such absolute ease. If you're like me, and you asked this question, get ready to feel just a slight bit silly.
Collected rainwater can be used for things like:
- Watering plants/lawns (Actually, it's great for this.)
- Watering houseplants
- Washing your car in your driveway
- Filling up aquariums
- Supplementing ponds/pools
Basically, all the kinds of things you hate using a ton of water to do around the yard or house. Over time, I could see it being a pretty handy way to save a few bucks. Here's a good resource on getting started on your own rainwater collection.
Of course, this all hinges on us getting rain.
So the next time you talk to someone who is raging over collecting rainwater, of all things, tell them to come to Texas and to bring some barrels with them.