Collecting rainwater in Oregon.

There is a common misconception that it is illegal to collect rainwater in Oregon and other states. The truth is that it is legal to gather rainwater everywhere in the state. In fact, many communities, such as Eugene, actively encourage residents to collect rainwater to supplement wells and watersheds.

Rainwater harvesting has many benefits, including reducing stormwater runoff and stream pollution, helping to conserve water during peak use season, and providing a free, sustainable source of water to supplement your well or utility service for your yard, garden or household.

While permits may be required for larger collection systems or for drinking water use, anyone can create a system of up to 5000 gallons for outside irrigation. Find more information here: