I’ve chronicled my installation of a rain water harvesting system. It’s mostly for fun and not to save any money (seriously, how much $$ will capturing 55 gallons at a time save?). On the local news last night, they had this story:
What a joke. I can kind of (oh, so slightly) understand why they don’t want large businesses to capture rain water and use it, but not for the reason they give on the video (“If you capture it upstream, we can’t use it downstream.”). However, that can’t really be the reason they discourage this. Think about it. Whether I capture the water from my roof and use it on my plants, or whether I use the water from my spigot to water my plants, what’s the difference? The water still ends up on the ground. I’m not interrupting the hydrologic cycle. I’m simply “pausing” the cycle.
The difference is this: MONEY. If I capture rainwater, I’m not paying my water company for its services. MONEY MONEY MONEY.
This is all really silly anyway since they’re not going to enforce this law on average homeowners like myself. Just because I heard this news report, I think I’m going to hook up another barrel!