Apparently one cannot collect the rainwater in Colorado, Utah or Washington State.
They claim that the rainwater belongs to someone else.
Diverting it (i.e. collecting it) is a crime and you need a valid "water right".
It's illegal in Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota, found this out the hard way.
After constructing a large rainwater collection system at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an "unlawful diversion of rainwater." Even though it makes logical conservation sense to collect rainwater for this type of use since rain is scarce in Utah, it's still considered a violation of water rights which apparently belong exclusively to Utah's various government bodies.
Wow... talk about tyranny.
Government bureaucrats use the argument that collecting rainwater prevents that water from getting to where it was intended to go... to lakes and rivers and reservoirs.
These types of laws have surprisingly been on the books for a long time out West.
People have begun to notice the laws more and are beginning to speak up about it - especially as people are trying to conserve and make the best use of natural resources.
But honestly, this type of legislation just goes to show how diminished our freedoms are... and how much control government can wield. If we can't even freely collect the rain that falls from the sky onto our rooftops and into collection barrels - then can government also tax the air we breathe?
The Natural News report states:
... the same argument that's now being used to restrict rainwater collection could, of course, be used to declare that you have no right to the air you breathe, either. After all, governments could declare that air to be somebody else's air, and then they could charge you an "air tax" or an "air royalty" and demand you pay money for every breath that keeps you alive.
Think it couldn't happen? Just give it time. The government already claims it owns your land and house, effectively. If you really think you own your home, just stop paying property taxes and see how long you still "own" it. Your county or city will seize it and then sell it to pay off your "tax debt." That proves who really owns it in the first place... and it's not you!
How about the question of who owns your body? According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark office, U.S. corporations and universities already own 20% of your genetic code. Your own body, they claim, is partially the property of someone else.
So if they own your land, your water and your body, how long before they claim to own your air, your mind and even your soul?
It's something to think about.