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By breitak67
#490956
I discovered that in my municipality it is illegal to install a rain barrel on one of my downspouts to capture rain water. Apparently, though I own the property and oil, gas, and mineral rights, I do not own the water rights. That's not something that appears in the disclosure papers when you buy a property. Redirecting rain runoff is theft - capturing rain water is stealing somebody's water. Somebody downstream of me owns the water that is falling on my roof. Maybe if my property ever floods I can call this person and tell him to come get his water off my property.

I need the rain water to water a moss garden, by the way. Tap water kills moss in a few weeks - it likes very soft water. If I accidentally leave a bucket on my deck, though, I might find enough soft water in it to sustain a moss garden terrarium.
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By eriknben10
#490958
That law has been around awhile in different areas. If I remember correctly they enacted it because too many people were doing it carelessly. Hence they became breeding grounds for mosquito's."Well, I ain't got a witness and I can't prove it.
"But that's my story and I'm stickin' to it."
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By norton
#490959
Interesting that you said "stealing someone's water . If you spread on your garden,,,,,,it goes where it would have in the first place. :-)
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By breitak67
#490965
It's an indoor moss garden in a terrarium, though ultimately, most of the water will evaporate, find its way outside, condense into clouds and rain back down any way.
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By Phaedrus
#490969
If it is true that this is an effective method of controlling West Nile virus, why would you work against that?
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By norton
#490970
Phaedrus wrote:If it is true that this is an effective method of controlling West Nile virus, why would you work against that?

Little doubt that a barrel with water in it would produce a tiny fraction of effect compared to a pond or creek area. Almost all housing developments or shopping areas end up with a run off pond now a days. Even a wheelbarrow left on it's wheel would give greater surface area.
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By eriknben10
#490971
When done correctly it doesn't end up being a mosquito breeder. Once again, the controlling class punishes all for the erroneous behavior of a few. It is not illegal in the state of PA in fact some places encourage it. I installed a cistern for a client about 20 years ago. They provide soft water for the entire home if done right.
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