In many Western states it is illegal to use rain barrels because of water rights laws. These laws state that you own the land, but not any water that falls from the sky onto that land. As such, capturing the water in a rain barrel deprives the water rights owner of their water and is hence illegal. Stupid, but the law none the less.
I know there are a few countries in South America where the water company came in and basically bribed the politicians into making gathering rain water illegal. Then they swoop in get huge contracts for supplying water to the country. What really stinks is that in many of these countries the poor can't afford a faucet, let alone all the lines running from the treatment plant to their shack. But if they are caught gathering rain water they get to pay a fine.
If that where the case here I would start chargeing for use of my property or demand they keep thier water off my private property. the house the barn ect. seems though that thier would be precedents against those laws in a lot of places water is considered I dont know the term but no one can own it. also I dont know how it could be considered depriving someone of thier rights as it will eventually make its back to the system much like the house delays if from hitting ground. Im sure those laws could be challenged with some intelligent arguments and showing of precedents that Im sure exist. I suggest
a class action lawsuit based on the illegal use of personel property for private gains. I can see driving wells and pumping all the water off but I cant see someone claiming rights to rain water. thats like saying you cant breathe the air because I own it.
Rain barrels are legal here but cisterns for catching rain water are not. Go figure.
Is that everywhere in Ohio or just where you live?
My son lived in Ohio for a year and a half (and still owns a home there) and he had a cistern.
I am NOT disparaging anyone's state but he found Ohio to be a most unwelcoming and over regulated state in the area he moved. Of course, he came from a county that has no code requirements and doesn't even enforce the state's. Since there were so many oddball local laws I wondered if the cistern thing was regional as opposed to statewide.
"You own the land but not the rain that falls from the sky and lands on the land..." point is, it doesn't land on the land, it lands on your roof, and never touches the land till you use it...For Pete's sake, you're simply "holding" it temporarily and then releasing it when it is of more benefit to you or your plants or your animals...ridiculous law
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