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Rain, rain and more rain. After years of drought, who doesn’t love all this rain? And for the most part, if you want to collect some in a rain barrel or cistern to use later for your landscaping, there are many systems on the market now that you can use.

Not long ago, though, it was against the law to collect rainwater. This stems from common law water rights in California that protected downstream owners the right to what flowed off of their property. In 2012 the State changed the common law to allow homeowners to grab what they could hold.

An added benefit is that rainwater is perfect for gardening. Unfortunately we can’t get too carried away with what we collect — no water towers are allowed on your residential lot!


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