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Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

(NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials,that rain belongs to someone else.

As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from "diverting"waterthat falls on their ownhomesand land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads withlaw enforcementover the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.

Check out thisYouTube video of a news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It'sillegalin Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota, found this out the hard way.

After constructing a large rainwatercollectionsystem at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an "unlawful diversion of rainwater." Even though it makes logical conservation sense to collect rainwater for this type of use since rain is scarce in Utah, it's still considered a violation of water rights which apparently belong exclusively to Utah's variousgovernmentbodies.

"Utah's the second driest state in the nation. Our laws probably ought to catch up with that," explained Miller in response to the state's ridiculous rainwater collectionban.

Salt Lake City officials worked out a compromise with Miller and are now permitting him to use "their" rainwater, but the fact that individuals like Miller don't actually own the rainwater that falls on their property is a true indicator of what littlefreedomwe actually have here in the U.S. (Access to the rainwater that falls on your own property seems to be a basic right, wouldn't you agree?)

Outlawing rainwater collection in other states

Utah isn't the only state with rainwater collection bans, either. Colorado andWashingtonalso have rainwater collection restrictions that limit the free use of rainwater, but these restrictions vary among different areas of the states and legislators have passed some laws to help ease the restrictions.

In Colorado,two new laws were recently passed that exempt certain small-scale rainwater collection systems, like the kind people might install on their homes, from collection restrictions.

Prior to the passage of these laws, Douglas County, Colorado,conducted a study on how rainwater collection affects aquifer and groundwater supplies. The study revealed that letting people collect rainwater on their properties actually reduces demand from water facilities and improves conservation.

Personally, I don't think a study was even necessary to come to this obvious conclusion.

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/029286_rainwater_collection_water.html#ixzz1g7RlY21E

Comments

Anonymous said…
In Australia our Government actually give us a grant to enable us to buy rainwater tanks, This water is then used for washing cars, watering gardens etc etc.
When a new house is built now it officially has a rainwater tank connected to it. Water within the house that has been used for washing & showers is used for flushing toilets, water the garden etc.
New houses are being built with HIUGE tanks built into the foundations of the house. This way we can have bigger tanks than we could hold in the gardens. How much water is wasted into drains and rivers tat can be used again? They need to catch up with the rest of the world
I agree and that is a fantastic idea, and I know rainwater/barrels is a great idea too. I mean I know that is what they used to do in America and I know many people in rural areas still do that. For all that you mentioned + drinking, cooking, bathes. It is so so sad I've found how many of my friends from America are like why would you want to save rain water. What are you going to do drink it. The saddest part is that these are supposed ones that are all survivor gun ho.... sad sad. Thanks again for sharing in your comment! :D

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