So who owns the rain water anyway? Activities like watering your lawn and thirsty flower beds using collected rain water is now legal in the state of Colorado, as signed into legislation in August 2016 by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Colorado is the last state in the country to legalize residential rainwater collection for re-use. Water rights in Colorado have often been a contentious conversation in this high desert wonderland frequently recognized for its seasonal droughts. Water conservation advocates view this victory as an important step toward water conservation in the west.
In an effort to elevate the conversation and help educate the public about the proper use of rain barrels, Open Studios, the premier visual arts organization in Boulder, with additional support from the Center for ReSource Conservation and Boulder Housing Partners, recruited 30 local artists to paint rain barrels as a part of The Boulder Barrel Project. I was super excited to be invited to participate!
Do you follow me on Instagram? I shared the process of painting my rain barrel.
Here a few photos showing the progression.
These professionally painted rain barrels have been on display at local businesses throughout Boulder, culminating with an auction and evening event to be held on Thursday, September 15th at The Studio Boulder. Proceeds from the auction will go to the artists, Open Studios, the Center for ReSource Conservation and the nonprofit Boulder Housing Partners.
You’re invited to join in on the fun!
If you would like to attend - here’s the link to register for this free, festive evening.
Rain Barrel Event, Thursday Sept 15th - 6:00pm
The Studio Boulder
3550 Frontier Ave, Unit A2
Boulder, CO 80301
Not available to make the gala event? Not a problem. You’re encouraged to bid for the barrels online:
Bid Online for Your Barrel
Set up Your Rain Barrel System
• Each of the barrels mentioned above are BPA –free and have two locations for a spigot to attach a hose to redirect water to your yard or garden.
• Rainwater collection involves gathering rainwater runoff from rooftops, gutters, and downspouts
• Your rain barrel should have a lid to reduce evaporation and bar access for mosquitos to breed
• The best strategy is to filter your rain barrel with a net to keep contaminants out of the storage container, such a insects, bird droppings, etc.
• Colorado law allows for 2 55-gallon barrels for outdoor use like watering your yard, garden or washing your car
Do YOU need a special, hand-painted rain barrel for your yard? Jump in on the fun and bid for a barrel!