Portland Purple Water received a call from KATU news regarding the changes in interpretation of the water resources laws for the state of Washington. It is true that under the state law, which dates from 1917, rain is the property of the state of Washington. This law has not changed, but in what is being called a reinterpretation of the law, the Washington Department of Ecology no longer requires permits for rainwater collection. This effectively changes the policy from one in which water conservation through rainwater harvesting is rogue to one in which harvesting is encouraged. The most significant change will be for builders and developers. Previously they would have needed a “surface water right” permit to include a purple water system in their plans.
As the news of this interpretation broke, KATU news reporter Carlos Faura contacted Portland Purple Water. KATU needed film footage of barrels and cisterns as well as wanting to talk to their proud owners. Portland Purple Water owner Jason Garvey was pleased to oblige. He made phone calls to proud Portland Purple Water cistern customers who were more than happy to show their cisterns on television and KATU had what they needed for the story.