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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A proposal to let residents capture the precipitation that falls on their property has won committee approval at the state Legislature.
State law says that rainwater is considered state property because it feeds waterways and recharges underground aquifers.
Senate Bill 128, sponsored by Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, would allow individuals to collect and store up to 2,500 gallons of rainwater at one time.
A committee unanimously approved the measure Wednesday for debate in the Senate.
Boyd Clayton, deputy engineer for the Utah Division of Water Rights, says water officials could have a hard time enforcing the limit. He says the measure also could raise issues about other types of water use.
Information from: Standard-Examiner
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