It’s Illegal to Collect Rainwater

Yup. You correctly read the title of this post. It is against the law to collect rainwater in some states — another indicator of our increasing loss of freedom and the ever-expanding tyranny of Big Government.

Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com writes on July 26, 2010, that the Western states of 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 — the government!

Laws restricting property owners from “diverting” water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. But as droughts have led to interest in water conservation methods, people started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.

Here’s a video of a news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about a small business owner finding out that collecting rainwater is illegal:

After Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota constructed a large rainwater collection system at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, he found out he was in violation of water rights because those rights belong exclusively to Utah’s various government bodies. Salt Lake City officials eventually worked out a compromise with Miller and are now permitting him to use “their” rainwater.

Nor is Utah the only state with rainwater collection bans. Colorado and Washington also limit the free use of rainwater, although the 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 from restricitons, like the kind people might install on their homes.

The ostensible reason for making it illegal to collect rainwater is because it would rob the community and the state of precious water. But a study by Douglas County, CO, found only about 3% of the county’s precipitation ended up in the streams and rivers that are supposedly being robbed from by rainwater collectors. The other 97% either evaporated or seeped into the ground to be used by plants. So little of rainfall actually makes it to streams and rivers — and so presumably to the reservoirs — that virtually every household could collect many barrels worth of rainwater and it would have practically no effect on the amount that ends up in reservoirs. Moreover, letting people collect rainwater on their properties actually reduces demand from water facilities and improves conservation.

All of which belie the government’s ostensible reason for outlawing we the people’s collection of rain water. That means the restriction is really about POWER — the government’s power and the systematic chipping away of our freedoms.

Adams concludes his article with this observation:

Today, we’ve basically been reprogrammed to think that we need permission from the government to exercise our inalienable rights, when in fact the government is supposed to derive its power from us. The American Republic was designed so that government would serve the People to protect and uphold freedom and liberty. But increasingly, our own government is restricting people from their rights to engage in commonsense, fundamental actions such as collecting rainwater or buying raw milk from the farmer next door.

As long as people believe their rights stem from the government (and not the other way around), they will always be enslaved. And whatever rights and freedoms we think we still have will be quickly eroded by a system of bureaucratic power that seeks only to expand its control.

Because the same argument that’s now being used to restrict rainwater collection could, of course, be used to declare that you have no right to the air you breathe, either. After all, governments could declare that air to be somebody else’s air, and then they could charge you an “air tax” or an “air royalty” and demand you pay money for every breath that keeps you alive.

Think it couldn’t happen? Just give it time. The government already claims it owns your land and house, effectively. If you really think you own your home, just stop paying property taxes and see how long you still “own” it. Your county or city will seize it and then sell it to pay off your “tax debt.” That proves who really owns it in the first place… and it’s not you!

How about the question of who owns your body? According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark office, U.S. corporations and universities already own 20% of your genetic code. Your own body, they claim, is partially the property of someone else.

So if they own your land, your water and your body, how long before they claim to own your air, your mind and even your soul?

Unless we stand up against this tyranny, it will creep upon us, day after day, until we find ourselves totally enslaved by a world of corporate-government collusion where everything of value is owned by powerful corporations — all enforced at gunpoint by local law enforcement.

H/t beloved Fellow May.

~Eowyn

10 responses to “It’s Illegal to Collect Rainwater

  1. These weirdos are raining on my parade.

  2. Thanks for this article, eo. I’m new to this blog, having followed a link about the woman in Chicago whose gay son was killed, etc.

    On this water collection issue, I can figure out how they possibly came to make this law. I understand that years ago, people diverted water that ran through their land from somewhere else and that this water was potentially keeping people and farmers below them from getting that water that otherwise would have continued flowing down to them. Obviously, the law must not have been written well enough to prevent silly things like this from happening.

    Catching rain water from your roof or in a rain barrel IS OBVIOUSLY not going to make a difference to others and it seems the law needs a little tweaking. I’m glad to see that the man was able to work something out with the city even though the law is still unchanged and the water is called theirs.

    What a shame for this to happen in a time when we’re all being told to “Think green!” and consider our “ecological footprint”, not to mention the economic times we live in. This man had gone to quite an expense, it seems, to save money, something most of us are having to do in order to “get by”.

    I hope someone in the legal field will take up this cause and help get it changed. I, for one, wouldn’t know where to begin! I guess the first step is to get the word out to the masses. I did my part by linking my FB group to this article. Hopefully, some of them will do the same. Baby steps to change and power to the people and all that! ;)

    • MrsC:

      Your interpretation of what motivated those state governments to make it illegal for individuals to collect rainwater makes a lot of sense. Thank you.

      Welcome to the Fellowship!

  3. Thanks for havin’ me…and for not making me jump through hoops to join! ;)

    I like the way you think…and the way you write! As a matter of fact, I just sent out another link to the “To Pee or Not to Pee” blog. Well said! High 5’s headin’ yer way! ;)

  4. I am having another “What the hell is wrong with these people” moments. We just bought rain barrels to use in emergencies such as extended power outages. We have a well whose pump is electric. We thought about a generator to run off our propane tank, but propane may become unavaialble. Who in the world would have ever thought this southern girl would be thinking like this??? Got to go—need to shoot the dove on our deck for dinner!

  5. I live in WA ST where the libtards run amok in Seattle. You have to obtain a rainwater permit to do this in Seattle. A city that promotes green living – as long as you pay the government to do so!

    These nitwits plan to tell us how to live our lives and pay them for it as well. Next up, the mind police. And don’t believe for a minute they wouldn’t do it if they could!

  6. DOC’S WIFE, YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN YOUR REACTION. LAST YEAR WAS WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THIS. IT’S THE MOST EGREGIOUS ABUSE OF P OWER I HAVE EVER SEEN. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO USE THE SUGGESTED WAYS TO SAVE THE WATER FROM RAIN SO THEY CAN HELP SAVE WATER. SO WHAT THE HELL KIND OF LOGIC DROVE THESE LAW MAKERS? STUPIDITY THAT WHAT. YA’LL IN UTAH, BETTER VOTE THESE SUCKERS OUT. BETTER YET, GET THE PITCH FORKS AND SCYTHES OUT AND MARCH ON THE CAPITOL. MAKE IT QUICKER LOL

  7. unbelievable …… as i look out my window and see the giant brown barrel with a downspout to the gutter that runs along the roof.. next lets outlaw composting. and flushing your toilet after midnight. recycling beer cans.. lets outlaw more stupid legislation and the legislators that seek to enact these frivolous laws

  8. The government is already seeking to tax your air. What do you think a carbon tax is? You exhale carbon dioxide, and THAT has been declared a hazard. So brother, you are a hazard to your neighbors just because you breathe. Bring it on, Big Brother!

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