Laws and Regulations

Rainwater Catchment Laws

Check your local laws and regulations on rainwater catchment. Some counties and municipalities have already enacted laws against rainwater catchment. Off-Grid Gorilla advises against breaking any rainwater catchment law or regulation. However, many such laws are “justified” by preventing the catchment of water that would otherwise enter the groundwater system, yet drilling wells is almost always permitted in rural areas that cannot be served by utility companies. Based on hydrogeologic knowledge of regional groundwater recharge, the editors at Off-Grid Gorilla believe that in many cases the collection of residential rainwater would have only a minuscule effect on regional groundwater levels, and would in fact help offset the growing problem of over-consumption of surface water bodies such as lakes and rivers. It is the opinion of the Off-Grid Gorilla editors that these laws are not necessarily founded in evidence, but are often written to protect the interests of large utility companies. Off-Grid Gorilla encourages you to investigate your local rainwater catchment laws, and to contact your local representative if you believe that these laws infringe on your individual rights.

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