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A story about states claiming that collecting rainwater on private property is a violation of the state’s water rights is circulating again. You may ask if it’s just another unfounded conspiracy theory or does the story. . .hold water? (Sorry).
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Some states outlaw saving rainwater. It’s also an international issue.
A good description of the situation and in my opinion, the best case for allowing private rain collection is at the Rainwater Observer, Is Rainwater Collecting Really Illegal in Some States?
First there are unintended consequences. Because much of the rain doesn’t reach natural waters like lakes or rivers, “. . .this legislation can result in a waste of valuable water resources in states where water is often a scarcity.”
The article affirms the Resilient Freedom thesis that public purposes will also be served efficiently when people are allowed to meet their own needs, “. . .allowing residents to collect rainwater that falls on their properties would reduce reliance on standard water supplies, alleviating the economic burden on public utilities budgets.”
Here’s a news feature from KSL TV in Salt Lake City, Utah about such a situation: