February 2, 2012
Believe it or not, there are now laws on the books in many states that prohibit property owners from collecting or diverting the rainwater that falls on their land. I don’t know whether to laugh or scream. The arrogance of the controllers knows no bounds.
"illegal" rain barrel
I have two questions:
- Who do these law writers think they are?
- Why are property owners putting up with this?
For 17 years, I lived in the beautiful, drenched Pacific northwest. It is a gardener’s paradise, but a horsewoman’s nightmare. I had 70-gallon tanks under three gutters that provided clean drinking for my horses the nine months of the year that it rained. I also spent tens of thousands of dollars and thousands of hours installing french drains, drainage rock and sand to create dry footing around two barns and inside a large roundpen. All of this in consideration of western Washington’s 70 to 100 inches of annual rainfall.
If the city, county and state government pimps are going to take away property owner’s right to collect or divert rainwater, they should step up to the plate and provide funds for the remedy they wish to withhold. What’s good for the goose…
And, never mind that studies have shown individual rainwater collection increases conservation and reduces public water supply consumption. This isn’t about rainwater or money, it’s about control.
I have one statement to make:
Law depends on jurisdiction. Those who wish to control us have shown their willingness to take everything, now including rainwater, that is not on our bodies or in our houses.
What you tolerate increases.
Next: taxation on the air you breathe…
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