Collecting Rainwater Now Illegal in Many States

Before It’s News – by Bigs

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.  

Check out this  news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It’s illegal in 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 rainwater collection  system 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 various government  bodies.

“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 collection ban.

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 little freedom we 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 and Washington  also 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  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. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that using rainwater instead of tap water is a smart and useful way to conserve this valuable resource, especially in areas like the West where drought  is a major concern.

Additionally, the study revealed that only about three percent of Douglas County’s precipitation ended up in the streams and rivers that are supposedly being robbed from by rainwater collectors. The other 97 percent either evaporated or seeped into the ground to be used by plants.

This hints at why bureaucrats can’t really use the argument that collecting rainwater prevents that water from getting to where it was intended to go. So little of it actually makes it to the final destination that virtually every household could collect many rain barrels worth of rainwater and it would have practically no effect on the amount that ends up in streams and rivers.


It’s all about control, really

As long as people remain unaware and uninformed about important issues, the government will continue to chip away at the freedoms we enjoy. The only reason these water restrictions are finally starting to change for the better is because people started to notice and they worked to do something to reverse the law.

Even though these laws restricting water collection have been on the books for more than 100 years in some cases, they’re slowly being reversed thanks to efforts by citizens who have decided that enough is enough.

Because if we can’t even freely collect the rain that falls all around us, then what, exactly, can we freely do? The rainwater issue highlights a serious overall problem in America  today: diminishing freedom and increased government control.

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 powerfromus. 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.

Today, we are living under a government that has slowly siphoned off our freedoms, only to occasionally grant us back a few limited ones under the pretense that they’re doing us a benevolent favor.

Fight back against enslavement

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.

43 thoughts on “Collecting Rainwater Now Illegal in Many States

  1. OK, so let me get this straight. Rainwater belongs to the State and I can’t collect it.
    So, does this mean that I can sue the State when, after a rain, THEIR rain-water ends up, collected by the hundreds of gallons, in MY basement???

    1. They will just fine you because you are collecting rainwater in your basement. Unintentionally breaking the law is still breaking the law (according to the government).

      1. Unless you are Hillary Clinton and you are violating enough of Espionage Act to where you should have spent the rest of your natural life behind bars … then its “you didn’t do anything wrong”.

        Tell that to the folks in the military who have been imprisoned for this sort of thing.

    2. What an excellent idea to sue the state when there’s flooding on our own land or basements. They want to be responsible let them be responsible, I think we should all do that! This is all about agenda 21.

  2. Wait a minute my rain falls to the ground and soaks in. If I take some of that water and water a plant or two it is absorbed into the ground tell me please what is the difference? Surely the plant didnt drink much and if it did it gave it back as water vapor. This is just a way for some Corporation down the road to gain control of the water all over the world. Wait and see.

    1. Nestle’s CEO has already made a speech that water is not a human right…and they are trying fiercely to be the one’s that control it.

  3. Bechtel Corp. was given water rights in several countries in Central and South America a few years ago – and has prosecuted the locals for collecting rain water. It was only a matter of time before they started doing it here.

    “Greed is Eternal” (#10 – The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition)

    By the way – how’s that “Freedom” thing working out for you?

  4. Maybe if the water “thieves” promise to add flouride to it, the nwo scum won’t mind if they collect rain.

    1. Flouridated water is unhealthy and toxic to your teeth. opposite of their reason for putting it in water supplies

  5. Of course the laws rarely ever enforce water polution laws from water run off into our lakes, streems, and rivers, and not even to mention ground water polution.

  6. This is thru UN Agenda 21. They tried to put meters on all the rural wells here in Missouri a few years back, and got there hat handed to them, in a nice way of saying it. Just saw an article on FTT a few days ago about Nestle wanting to privatize all the water. Best keep our guns for when they try to meter the wells again.

      1. I saw the video too and also signed a petition to stop them. I hope it will do the work and this nazi crazy CEO gets fired. I started to get rid of all things Nestle in my home. That is the only way they will listen, when we hit them where it hurts most.

  7. Someone should write a novel about this theme of “the government owns the air you breathe” if for no other reason than the wonderful world of predictive prgramming…after all, someone wrote the screenplay for the movie “In Time” (in which time was a commodity meaning the rich lived forever…). Imagine…if you can’t afford air you automatically die, or if you can’t afford water you automatically die…I can’t wait to find out which of these criminal psychos comes up with that scheme!

  8. A few years ago King County was giving away rain barrels up here in Washington. Seattle is in King County. Now, it is illegal? No wonder they stopped giving away the barrels. They were violating their own laws…and enabling citizens to become ‘lawless’! IDIOTS.

  9. Considering that the rain nowadays is probably chock full of chemtrails, and radiation from Fukushima (and who knows where else), it’s likely just as bad as that fluoridated cr@p.

    If not worse.

    1. This is so true! Anyway, seems like it’s time to just say, “No” to everything.

      GMOs, Agenda 21, Chemtrails, Police State, endless invasions, death/destruction, no privacy, nuclear tests/accidents…meh, we should probably let them have the planet.

      With all what the Zionists have done to it, nobody in their right mind wants it anyway.

      1. Yes babette, it is time to say “NO’ to everything. We all can take a stand and boycot these places that support places like monsanto and nestles etc., and do not be freinds or asociate with those people that work for or support these places.

      2. Yea right, I often wonder what would happen if a group of us decided to leave this planet and colonize another one. Something tells me that the US Government would make some sort of grand claim that the planet somehow belonged to the US Government or the UN.

        This really is pathetic.

  10. These laws and the many like them were all placed there back in the old west where the goal was to drive little people from their lands so larger ranchers could steal their land and make room for their herds to grow and graze.

  11. anytime your “news” article requires a five year old youtube video to make a point it begs the question, is it still pertinent?

  12. I don’t know what the deal with Washington is, but I know that Utah and Colorado used to be Spanish colonies. Spain didn’t have anything like the English Magna Carta to say that lands, waters, game, fish, or timber belonged to the people collectively (before the Magna Carta, only royalty and nobility were allowed to hunt and fish or have access to natural resources. The real reason Robin Hood was an outlaw was b/c he got caught poaching deer). Water and land laws out west are vastly different from what they are back east.. I’m guessing that whoever made rainwater collection illegal was able to so using a very old legal precedent from before Utah or Colorado were states.

  13. “Utah isn’t the only state with rainwater collection bans, either. Colorado and Washington also 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 regards to Washington, doesn’t it rain 300 out of 365 days of the year? Why the restriction in Washington? I mean they have more rain than most states do in a year. What do they need to conserve for? So they can transfer it to other states with less water?

    1. Eastern Washington is a desert and a prime agricultural area. The whole debate around water rights revolves around agriculture in arid areas. East of the Cascades, which is most of Washington, gets very little rain.

  14. Actually, it is not illegal to collect rainwater in Utah. This was copied directly from the State website: Rainwater harvesting is now legal in the state of Utah, starting May 11 2010. Senate Bill 32 was approved in the 2010 session that provides for the collection and use of precipitation without obtaining a water right after registering with the Division of Water Rights. There is no charge for registration.
    Storage is limited to one underground 2500 gallon container or two above ground 100 gallon containers. Collection and use are limited to the same parcel of land owned or leased by the rainwater collector.

    1. Ya see Sandy, it never was ever illegal ever by gods law. So just WHO ever made it ilegal in the first place? I would realy like to know, and I don`t think that some state or fed law is a legitamate law – at least in my books. F all of those BS laws that they are trying to make. They should make laws that they follow for themselves and leave the rest of us out of it and they can pay their own lawmakin` F`in penalities themselves IMOHO!

      1. LOL Sandy! Wha? LOL! I gotta come back in a bit lmao! after what you just wrote lol!

        Oh! Yaeee! Glad to be able to be back and read and everything!!!

          1. Me too, went through FTT withdrawl lol! A lot of reading to catch up on hehe!

            Hey good talking with you too! Thank you 🙂

            Good news from Doc too, foot is doing a bit better! (Looks a bit gross tho, hehe!)

          2. Best take care of that foot there RT. I damned near died from MRSA about 11 yr.s ago. Guarentee that you do not want to go septic kiddo. Very good to have ya back here RT. 🙂 P.S. yea I go through FTTWR withdrawls myself, they are not fun either are they, LOL. Like I said good to have ya back also RT.

    2. Thanks Digger, lol no w/drawls no fun!
      Yeah it’s hard to get rid of, 3rd round antibiotics. I waited too long before I went in the first time….I think I close, boy can definately sympathize!
      Thanks again Digger, glad to be back 🙂
      Have to pick up a friend at the airport in the a.m., so calling it a night.
      Hope you have a good rest of the night/morning 🙂

  15. Such BS.
    So, the rain that falls on my property doesn’t belong to me?.
    Hmmm……Then by all means who does it belong to?
    In the article and after watching the video, it still doesn’t say “Who” the rain water belongs to, unless it’s the person downstream?

    I can’t believe the owner of the dealership stood there with his arms down at his sides and said he actually agrees with the idea.
    If it were me, I think I’d be charging the state for the installation of the rain water system and the maintenance of the system 🙂

  16. That water belongs to God. And God makes it rain. And when God makes it rain on your property, then that water is being sent by God for you, not the state. There needs to be a class action lawsuit against the city.

    1. Unfortunately, these days it’s Air Force, Navy, and CIA and whoever is giving them the orders who control the weather and make it rain or not through geoengineering and electromagnetic frequencies, and they are certainly not god.

  17. So let me get this straight The American right of being able to drink clean water is being yanked away from us So they might as well say if you program a game to have a water bottle and a water drinking sound to it that you’ll be arrested someone needs to go and punch the governments head

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