I live in Colorado. I am considering moving up into the foothills (conifer, evergreen area). The houses I am consider moving into are mostly served with water from wells. Unfortunately, the power goes out in these areas quite often and I am concerned about long term disasters (winter storms are quite common and so are fires) that will leave me without water. I have found some hand pumps that I believe will serve me well, but I am afraid water rights may be an issue.
From what I can tell, you need a permit to drill a well in Colorado. Typically, this refers to a residential well (many appear to be exempt), well for irrigation, or well for livestock. I haven't been able to find anything about a well for a hand pump.
My intuition is that hand pumps are not regulated because they are pretty archaic, few people use them, and they would have little practical impact on the depletion of water resources. Does anyone have any insight?
Also, are home gardens and small greenhouses covered within residential wells?