In South Africa, fortunately there are no restrictions on rainwater harvesting and the installation of rain water tanks. In the USA however, rainwater harvesting can be illegal in certain states or cities; this article will hopefully be of help to our US readers.
Many homeowners have an eye out for ways they can conserve energy and natural resources while maintaining the upkeep on their homes and yards. One method of water conversation that’s grown in popularity is also becoming a source of controversy. Rainwater harvesting – the term used to describe the process of collecting rainwater in a large rain barrel or rainwater tank – is supported and opposed for a variety of reasons.
On the one hand, harvesting rain water reduces the need to use water from the main water line to water the yard or garden. Rainwater can also be used to wash dishes and clothing, or clean the house. But those who oppose rainwater harvesting assert that people who collect rainwater are stealing a natural resource that’s needed in nearby water sources such as streams, springs, and wells.
Before setting up a rain barrel or rain water tank, those in favor of harvesting rainwater should find out if it’s legal to do so in their area.
Knowing the Particulars Before Getting Started
Since each state has its own laws regarding rainwater harvesting, it’s wise for homeowners to double-check before they begin using a rain barrel or rain water tank in their yard.
For instance, in Colorado it’s legal to sell and own a rain barrel or rain water tank, but illegal to use it for its intended purpose without permission.
Conversely, other states, such as New Mexico and those located in the Southwest, offer residents incentives if they use rain barrels or rainwater tanks.
Finding out whether or not a particular state allows rainwater harvesting can save consumers a great deal of frustration and out-of-pocket expense for doing something they view as beneficial that goes against state law.
Source: Mary Ylisela (Mary Ylisela is a writer who writes and feels passionate about topics pertaining to green living and environmental conservation.)
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