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.