Collecting rainwater on your property can now land you in jail, as an Oregon citizen who has just been sentenced to prison for doing just that has suffered first-hand. Who owns the rain? The United States government, apparently.
Even today, it is a common practice in much of the world to collect rainwater for cultivation, irrigation or to have fresh and clean water. It is as common as canning your own food.
A few years ago in all countries of the world this was a common practice. One of the easiest ways to ensure safe drinking water was to collect rainwater on your property. Many people around the world, especially in rural areas, still do it today. However, in recent years, laws have made rainwater harvesting illegal, causing quite a stir in the US.
We now know that a man from Eagle Point, Oregon, has been sentenced to thirty days in prison and more than $1,500 in fines for storing rainwater collected on his own property, specifically in 3 tanks (one of them installed 37 years ago). years) – and the community is outraged.
Gary Harrington, who is the name of the convict, says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County.
According to Oregon water laws, all water is public property. Therefore, anyone who wants to store any type of water on their property must first obtain a permit from the state water managers. Harrington said he applied for three permits to legally collect the water, and although initially approved in 2003, the state has ultimately reversed the decision.
Who do you think should be the “owner” of rainwater?
Via: and ournewswire.com