frank li wrote:I cant belive our countrys way of life has come to "asking" if its ok to save rain water!
Especially in light of need and tradition of not asking mommie all the time if its "ok" to have a cookie.... a real adult just eats the cookie!
bernetta putnam wrote:in my state it only became so (Nevada) last yr! (2017) I find this to be crazy.
is it legal where you are? anyone live where its still not legal?
looking to buy a place next yr, and want to make sure I can.
Lindon Rose wrote:In Oregon, it is legal to capture rain water AS LONG AS the rainwater captured is roof runoff. I checked this out in detail seven years ago when I decided to build my own 10000 gallon rain capture water tank. Now that I'm at my new place out in the country, trying to be a real homesteader, one of my first projects was to build a ten thousand gallon rain capture water tank. I built a sheet metal roof over it to capture the rain and drain it into the tank -- that is legal here. I also hijacked the downspout on my barn roof and route that water into yet another 5000 gallon water tank -- fills up really fast.
Lindon Rose wrote:Here's a couple of pics. I had an excavator come out and dig a 4-foot deep hole, but the location is on a slope so as it turns out the backside is 4 feet deep and the front side is only about 2.5 feet deep. That's why I had to pile up a bunch of crushed rock around the front and sides, to keep the weight of the water from bulging out the front and sides. It is nearly full now after a winter of rain. Notice the inexpertly but still functionally built sheet metal roof that captures the rain water, making it legal, and drains it into the tank. The cover is to keep light off of the water, otherwise fungus and mold would form. This tank is at the top of my sloping property, and there is a long 1 inch PVC hose that I buried which goes into the tank and down to my growing area -- so gravity fed irrigation, which is what this is for. But if it comes to it, I can use it as drinking water too. The dimensions of this tank are 4.5 feet deep, 20 feet by 15 feet. Lot of work, but glad I have it now. BTW, Oregon land is too expensive for me too, but here I am...