Man Has “three illegal reservoirs” On His Property

“A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.”

Suppose we all started using rain barrels at our homes. Wouldn’t we be in alleged violation of Oregon laws? How about if someone has a leaking roof and collected that rain water in a bucket, would they be in alleged violation of Oregon laws?

One Response to “Man Has “three illegal reservoirs” On His Property”

  1. Eola Bottling, over in Gervais, has been collecting a million gallons of rainwater annually and marketing the product as “Oregon Rain”. On the other hand, they probably pay the state a lot of money. Harrington had permits, but the state unilaterally revoked them, claiming that just because the water falls on his land, doesn’t mean it’s his.

    DEQ had recently set up a permitting system for homeowners that allows the owner to install a system for collecting and re-using “graywater” (from bath-tubs, showers, and sinks only). This water may be used for watering lawns, washing cars, etc.

    The permit costs $90 for the first year, then drops to around $45 each year thereafter. Thus, you pay for the water, then pay again if you want to re-use it.

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