Have a nice drip

Maryland, you may remember, is taxing rainwater. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City wants to encourage you to collect it rather than tax you for letting it fall. From this month’s City News (with the utility bill):

Oklahoma City and the Central Oklahoma Storm Water Alliance (COSWA) are partnering to encourage residents to conserve water and reduce pollution through the use of rain barrels. The organizations are offering discounted rain barrels online at www.upcycle-products.com starting at $59 plus $2.50 online handling fee. Click on “order forms” on right side of web page and choose “Oklahoma City.” The deadline to order is March 28.

Moore and Norman are also playing. Now what’s the catch?

City Council recently passed an ordinance that allows a maximum of two 85-gallon rain barrels in the front yard. Any number of rain barrels can be placed on the side or back of a property as long as they are not visible from the street. The containers must be securely covered and any openings must be covered with a screen that prevents pest infestation.

Take that, mosquitoes!

Fortunately for me, I get more rain in the back yard than in the front.


  1. Tatyana »

    17 February 2014 · 11:43 pm

    I get more rain in the back yard than in the front.
    How did you manage that?
    That’s some high precision shootin’

  2. CGHill »

    18 February 2014 · 7:01 am

    Nothing precise about it. The back yard is 45 percent larger than the front yard.

  3. fillyjonk »

    18 February 2014 · 7:15 am

    I’m guessing the “pests” they are aiming to prevent infestation by are drowned rats, not mosquitoes. Those little buggers can get into ANYTHING and can lay eggs in like a quarter inch of water.

    Our rain barrels would be dust barrels a lot of the year.

  4. CGHill »

    18 February 2014 · 9:00 am

    And overflowing the rest.

  5. fillyjonk »

    18 February 2014 · 9:38 am

    I’ve forgotten what that’s like.

    (They’re talking “voluntary water restrictions” here. Shower with a friend?)

  6. CGHill »

    18 February 2014 · 10:32 am

    We have alternate-day watering, which over a year favors us guys with odd-numbered houses. (Both the last day of March and the first of April. How cool is that?)

    Last year, we had 52.78 inches of rain, second-highest on record. But we’ve had only 1.69 this winter, despite over 8 inches of snow and worse, which would make the 8th driest winter on record if we don’t get some more in a hurry.

  7. Jennifer »

    18 February 2014 · 10:37 am

    The city of Edmond actually provided rain barrels on a lottery system. I’ve got a pretty one out front.

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