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Old 06-12-2010, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Corydon, IN
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There's Western states where you don't own the water rights to the water under or on your land. CO is a well known example, you can't even legally collect rainwater there.

Are you serious?!?
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:31 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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Are you serious?!?
Well I dug a little and just last year the law changed, but you still need a permit to collect rainwater, and anyone on a municipal water source can't: Colorado Legalizes Rain Water Harvesting. Kind Of. » GroovyGreen.com – Start Today :: Save Tomorrow

It's still insane...and CO wasn't the only state this way...
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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How did they force them???
You either connect or they throw you out of your home.
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:53 AM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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Anyone here recieve letter from government about capping your well ?

We moved here because of the rurla living and well water , now they are after us to use city water .

When we visit our kids their city water is so full of bleach sometimes it almost takes your breath ! They are use to it and can't even smell the stuff anymore .

What is going on with the control over us all ? Also they are doing away with homestead exemptions and this doubles taxes . In Dalas Ga. and Gilsville they have already done so in many areas .

Anyone else have any of these problems ?
Oh yea, we were served official papers about this last year. The nearby towns public works dept is slobbering about getting us all on meters, and they can kiss our a@%. The feds are sticking their noses in everything they can, under the guise of public health. There has even been talk of the FDA regulating backyard gardens. The first concrete truck I see heading for my well gets pocked full of .308 holes!! The poor slob that was out here serving the papers was lucky to get out without getting hung. Messing with peoples water is a good way to start a war.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Our situation was a little different... we were on city water and had private septic. When the house was originally built, it had a well; but when the city put in muni water, they forced everyone to hook up by fining them or getting a court injunction to cap their wells. Anyway, they were trying to do the same thing with septic and sewers; and ours was the last of 2 houses in our neighborhood still on septic. Our septic never had a problem, never caused a problem for the neighbors; but when we needed to get a water leak in the muni line from the meter to the house fixed it would have required us to dig up the farthest corner of our leech field... so the county & city tried to force us to fill our septic and hook up to sewer in order to obtain the permit to fix the water leak. We could have ignored the leak and just kept paying higher water bills (although that is very irresponsible waste of resources) but then they threatened to tack on an additional fine for everyday the suspected leak wasn't fixed. Either way, we were looking at being out several $k. It was just bureaucratic BS... and in the end, that would probably have saved us since our house was right on the city (Kenmore/Bothell) and county (King/Snohomish) lines and they kept arguing about which it actually belonged in.

Whatever... I'm glad I don't live there anymore. Out here in the middle of nowhere I can drink from a mud puddle and sh*t in the woods if I felt like it and no one would have any control or say about it... and I certainly don't have to pay anyone for the privilege!
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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Do you have a drilled well ?
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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marmac - was that qestion to me or the OP? We don't have a well at all, we haul our drinking water from the village well and general use water is from snow/rain/creek. We do plan to drive a sandpoint well, but if that absolutely doesn't work we might go ahead and get someone out to drill. We're in a river valley, so water isn't too far down... the shallow water is muddy and a little bacteria laden (from all the wildlife) so we'll have to filter and treat it a little.
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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How did they force them???

annexation, permit issues, revocation of CofO.. whatever works.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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I agree with what others have said about the muni "forcing" people to cap their wells and connect to muni water. Many jurisdictions impose fines, deny permits for any additional work on the property, cite you with all sorts of "health issues" to get you into court when you will almost undoubtedly be legally mandated to close your well or face more fines and/or jail time. In some places, they just simply pass a law that makes it illegal to have a well or septic on your property... voila!
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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( regarding wells)

At the old home farm, where I lived til 1978, we did not have running water.
A hand pump on an old 30 ft well-------open dug well 15 ft down, ponded pipe 15 more feet.

The water was so good tasting that every morning at 7:30 the railroad crew of 5 men would stop and fill their 10 gallon cooler before they headed further north down the track.

However, when I sold the place, the neighbor could not get a loan to build a new house unless it had a drilled well with a mini,mum of 40 ft. ( his new well is 55ft)

I, also, would not have been allowed to sell milk to the milk plant with the well I had ( my father did for years)

I don't know if my old well was technically illegal, but there were many other laws to hinder you .
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