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Water laws are handled at the state level, meaning that some states have specific regulations when it comes to rainwater storage, such as using a rain barrel in your backyard. For the most part, rain barrels for use at home are legal to use.
Always check with your local government to ensure that you aren’t violating any regulations and that your game plan for collecting rainwater is safe for you and the environment!
The main reason for these regulations being in place is ecosystem protection and health safety. Most states have regulations in place simply to encourage the safe practice of not drinking the rainwater that you collect. Ecosystem disruption is mainly a concern in states that don’t receive much rainfall or heavy drought seasons. This is because rainwater that is collected and stored is water that won’t be recycled into the water shed. If you stick to the regulations, you won’t cause any damage though!
These are states that don’t have strict rain barrel regulation, remember to always do your research on placement and design of a rain barrel harvesting system.
This is a rough description of the regulations in place in these states. Remember to always check with your local authorities if you are looking to use a rain barrel in one of these states!
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