posted on May, 10 2009 @ 03:55 PM
Let's say she was granted the right to the water which fell on her roof and property. She starts storing it, and others catch on. Soon thousands of
folks in Colorado start storing rainwater, on both sides of the Rockies.
My girlfriend works for the Utility Services Department of the city in which we live, and I asked her about this thread. She basically said one person
doing it wouldn't be a big deal. However, word gets out, and since a precedent is set, everyone starts doing it. If a mere 10% of rain water from the
rockies were kept privately, it would significantly deplete the supply to the colorado river. In Nevada, Arizona, and Southern California, where water
is starting to become VERY scarce, this would have a VERY negative impact.
The Colorado River supplies 100% of the water where I live. It's such a concern, that homeowners can be fined if they're irrigating their lawns, and
water is running into the street. In Nevada, where I live, we're already in a dire situtation when it comes to water. Every winter, there's the
Rocky Watch, where we hope the snowfall in the Rockies is on the western side, so that the Colorado gets replenished.
I'm not justifying anything, I'm simply saying that when the State denies someone the ability to catch what you'd think is a resource everyone has
a right to, they're not necessarily denying that person's rights to it, they might be looking out for the wellbeing of others who rely on that
resource as well.