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Although new legislation made collecting rainwater legal at some Colorado homes and ranches as of July 1, local water experts say the Yampa Valley's plentiful water supply gives the bill little local use. The valley has seen plenty of rainfall this year from storms like this one, shown building over Mount Werner in July 2008.

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Rain bill has little local impact

Collection legal for homes not connected to municipal water

Yampa Valley rain, in no short supply this year, can be harvested legally for personal use since July 1, after the Colorado Senate approved a measure to legalize collection units in rural areas.

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