Stop! Thief! You have the right to remain silent, anything found in your rain barrel will be used as evidence that you are a water thief!
According to an article in todays Seattle PI, there is an archaic law in the state of Washington, Making it illegal to catch water from the rains, as in rain barrels. What the hell - are they afraid it well never rain again in Washington state?
Should government have the right to say NO! YOU CAN'T SAVE WATER! or is it a case of government protecting us from ourselves? What the hell do I take 5 minute showers for? Why the hell do I catch water heating up for my shower in a bucket or recycle dishwater for plant watering?
Also, does big brother have the right to say the own the water from the rains and you don't? Does that make them responsible for leaky roofs and flood damage? I know the state law rules that they own the water in the lakes and rivers, but is this a case of a state going too far? Can people in eastern Washington be "trusted" not to take too much water?
Personally I am ready to be a scofflaw and a rebel with a cause and proudly catch my water in my two rain barrels in the front of the house. I smell a poll!