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Rainwater Collection off a hoophouse #228027

Asked February 17, 2015, 1:56 PM EST

Hello! I have a question about rainwater collection. I understand that it is legal to collect in Oregon IF you are collecting it from a man-made surface, such as a roof or pavement. I was wondering if collection off of a hoop house would be considered legal? Do we need permits or anything or can we just start collecting? The water would be for gardening/irrigation purposes. Thanks!

Multnomah County Oregon

Expert Response

Hello,
Yes, it is legal and you do not need permits. You have a great idea. Good luck capturing the rain.

Collecting rainwater is more of a legal issue in arid states, like Colorado, where downstream users rely on every drop that is available. We are not to this point in Oregon.

Derek Godwin Replied February 17, 2015, 7:37 PM EST

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