30 Days In Jail For Collecting Rainwater

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RightHand, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Gary Harrington Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

    Gary Harrington Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Collecting Rainwater on His Property
  2. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    You can think the big time AG groups in his home state for this action.
  3. limpingbear

    limpingbear future cancer survivor....

    I need to tell my dad about this. He has a water barrel attached to his downspout. I never new that about Oregon. I wont be moving back there again.
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  4. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Here's the link to the law. Rainwater Regulations and Statues

    Note the 7. Rainwater: collection and use of rainwater from an artificial impervious surface (like a parking lot or a building’s roof).

    The catch is the containment.
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  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    In Washington, even snow is considered 'Waters of the State'. They don't even pretend by calling it Public water, it's .gov water.
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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Monkey++

    Also illegal to collect rainwater in Utah too.
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  7. Chizel21

    Chizel21 Monkey

    Is it illegal in ga?

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  8. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Check with your State Natural Resources Dept.... They administer those Laws...
  9. Chizel21

    Chizel21 Monkey

    Thanks, laying down so just looked on my phone but couldn't really find anything on their site. But found this on another site http://www.harvesth2o.com/statues_regulations.shtml. And looks like GA is ok. I'll follow back up on the GA department of natural resources website again tomorrow to verify. Thanks for the reply

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  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Monkey++

    The eastern states usually do not have the water compacts or complex water rights laws that the western states do.
  11. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Wonder how long before you start getting arrested for breathing air without paying taxes for it...
  12. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    They (Gov) went around 10 years ago, maybe a few more years and made everyone register all ponds, or water reservoirs. Funny thing was all of sudden there were many more then the week before LOL
    So now you have to get a permit and DEQ approval.
    Its a joke in these parts of Oregon.
  13. JABECmfg

    JABECmfg multi-useless

  14. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

  15. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Interesting that this would pop up on Snopes in 2015.

    Man Gets Prison Sentence for Collecting Rainwater on His Own Property : snopes.com


    Oregon has neat pdf on collecting rainwater
  16. Georgia_Boy

    Georgia_Boy Monkey+++

    I begrudgingly yield to Caeser what is rightfully theirs but Almighty God creates the rain but in this inverted world I guess they'll tax anything that moves. In a SHTF situation I know what my response will be to an ex.gov person wanting a drink of my rainwater.
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  17. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    In many States, Rain Water is legal to collect, IF AND ONLY IF, it never touches the ground.... Once it touches the ground, it belongs to the State, OR Thr WaterRight Holder, for that Ground, which may NOT be the Property Owner.... So if you have Rain Barrel Collection, and then storage in Cisterns, and NOT Ponds, on your Property, likely the Water collected is yours.... To use as your Pleasure dictates...
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