gutter runoff

dowdell69June 27, 2006

Hello all...

I'm a first time home owner and am looking for ways to run gutter water away from my foundations. I currently have the plastic tubing attached at my downspouts but would like to bury them. I have adequate slope in both the front and rear of my home...any tips on how and how far off I should run them would be much appreciated, oh yeah...I live in TN and the soil is clay (didn't know if that would have any effect on the situation)...thanx

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This can be a big problem. We may solve it at our place with some form of rainwater harvesting. In the meantime, the link at the bottom of this post will provide an interesting read and some ideas. Good luck. Let us know how things turn out.


Here is a link that might be useful: Rainwater Harvesting

    Bookmark   June 27, 2006 at 9:46PM
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Rainwater harvesting is great, but it is illegal in Colorado to collect the water from your downspouts unless you own the water rights on your land (and most new homeowners don't). Rainwater that falls on your property here does not legally belong to you. There are very strict water rights in the western states and you have to be very careful with what you do out here. Our neighborhood uses untreated water to water our greenbelts and it is water that is collected in our neighborhood ponds from run-off, but we have to pay for the right to use this water since it is not "owned" by us even though it is on our land. Water rights in the western states is very interesting.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2006 at 4:49PM
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Re: dlynn

Very interesting indeed! Actually, sounds insane to an outsider, however, I'm sure there are good reasons.


    Bookmark   July 24, 2006 at 10:25PM
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Crazy as this may seem, the law actually says rain water harvesting is illegal in Colorado. Water rights on property in the west is similar to mineral rights on property in Texas and other states, if that helps to explain it a little. Here's a link to Colorado law on water rights. We were amazed when someone first told us about it. It seems ridiculous that you don't have the right to collect rain water in your own yard, but you don't.

Here is a link that might be useful: Colorado water rights

    Bookmark   July 25, 2006 at 12:20AM
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