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State Rainwater Harvesting Laws and Legislation

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We often post about harvesting rainwater as an off-the-grid water solution. This will allow the owner to use rainwater around a homestead, which is drinkable, for irrigation, watering livestock, and inside the home for washing and even drinking if needed. Although it might be a good prepping device, needless to say, if the air is chemically polluted, rainwater will get polluted as well.

However, as weird as it sounds, this is illegal in some states, and there are regulations for it in others. So, if you are planning on harvesting rainwater please check the link below to see the legislation in your state.


State Rainwater Harvesting Laws and Legislation

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  • October 29, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Screw the law the water comes from the sky, its free

  • October 29, 2017 at 1:38 am

    How awesome is it that there has to be laws against collecting rain

    • October 29, 2017 at 2:05 am

      There doesn’t HAVE to be, just asinine that there is, but I get your point.

  • October 29, 2017 at 1:38 am

    The Government has no right telling us we can not collect rain water, Who the hell do they think they are, come on People GROW A PAIR and start fighting back……………..

    • October 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      That’s Right!!! If I want to collect rainwater on MY PROPERTY, I WILL!!!!

  • October 29, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Fuck the government its rain they can not tell you you cant collect it, get a decent lawyer end of story. Get your whole town together and take a stand.

    • October 29, 2017 at 3:40 am

      Silence is consent!

    • October 29, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Ok. Then you can lose everything because you are ignorant of what rights you actually have. Next time purchase the water rights and don’t be an ignorant ass complaining about your lack of foresight.

    • October 29, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Another brilliant comment from the loser with a possum on his shoulder. Take a shower bum.

  • October 29, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Are there rainwater police??? I doubt it!!!

    • October 29, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Yes in some states water rights are extremely rigid. In some cases the rain that falls on your property legally belongs to the person who has water rights to the river it would drain into. And yes people have been charged and fined or jailed for having a rain barrel.

    • October 29, 2017 at 3:47 am

      That’s some bullshit.

    • October 29, 2017 at 3:56 am

      Andrew Tremeer Some states see rain water as a natural resource of the state, as in it belongs to the state and is not public property.

  • October 29, 2017 at 2:44 am

    So if our state isn’t listed there’s no regulation?

  • October 29, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Rain is free…..the government doesn’t “own” it……..collect all you need.

  • October 29, 2017 at 3:59 am

    You know, if you set everything up on your own and you don’t go around telling everyone and their neighbor that you’re harvesting the rain water, no one will know and you’ll never get in trouble. In other words if you don’t want to get in trouble for it, STFU!

  • October 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Haha go fuck yourself , I pay taxes on my property, if I want to collect water from the sky it’s my choice

    • October 29, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Oh I see , they don’t want us drinking polluted water ,but flint Michigan isn’t an issue

    • October 29, 2017 at 10:07 am


  • October 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Didn’t buy the water rights? Didn’t make sure you actually own your land?
    Suffer your own stupidity.

  • October 29, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Its ok I’m gonna start charging the government rent for all their water stored on my property.

  • October 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Bring it on, I’ve got 6.

  • October 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    It should be done responsible though. My daughter’s neighbor collects rain water in barrels and the whole area is mosquito infested all summer.

  • October 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I love Texas laws regarding rain water collection.

  • October 29, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Is this what passes for freedom these days ???

  • October 29, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Wonder that my state has no such ridiculous regulations. Here we PAY YOU to get rid of rainwater. My deep well does such a good job of it, that I run my heat pumps from ambient temperature water. PLEASE come take my rainwater! FREE for the first 30 DAYS!

  • October 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Government needs to stay out of the rain business, still pissed over the light bulbs.

  • October 29, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    For once texas comes thru encouraging rainwater collection

  • October 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    That’s crazy . Water from Mother Nature is free

  • October 29, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Well I know it’s against the law where I live hear it in PA in a small town

  • October 29, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    It’s so stupid for the government to Outlaw this in certain States next thing you know we’ll have to pay to breathe the air

  • October 30, 2017 at 12:01 am

    none in GA