By: Michael D. Jacobsen
For many years, water rights were not an issue in the United States as there was plenty to go around. However as our population grew more and more attention has been paid to people using water and yes. Who actually owns that water. You would think that we as citizens would have a right to fresh. clean water. Especially if it fell on our property and we collected it. Yet in many states this is not the case and can be grounds for a major fine and in some cases, imprisonment.
Few would know that in the United States there are two different forms of water rights, one for the west and one for the east. While this does lead to issues with major cities using the same river as a water source, for the most part these disputes are easily handled.
As for individuals the issue of collecting water has raised some issue in many states. In Colorado for example people are only allowed to collect 110 gallons of rainwater, any more that that and that person has committed a crime. This points to a more serious problem. When it comes to cities the government makes it easy for disputes to be settled, but when it comes to individuals the government makes the process very difficult in an attempt to dissuade people from trying to take care of themselves.
Self reliance is frowned upon, a person who can take care of themselves is not easily controlled by the state. Whenever it is possible for an individual to provide for themselves the state finds this to be a problem. The problem for them is that you are not allowing the state to provide for you so you have to be dependent on them. In fact in some areas you are forced to connect to the grid or have your residence condemned.
In fact in many states it is illegal for an individual to live off the grid. That is a person cannot live on land that is not connected to basic government services such as power and water. This is not a measure of public safety as they claim, but it is a way to monitor what resources you are using. Keeping track of what people use is actually more important than making sure people are using enough. When you take into consideration that people effectively have to pay rent on the land the own in the form of property tax you begin to realize that people do not actually own the property that they live on. At best, they are borrowing it from the state.
While collection of water is regulated or illegal for the average citizen, there seems to be little problem when it is a company doing the collecting. The Nestle company has been able to bottle 36 million gallons of water to sell. This is done for the low price of 524 dollars a year. Meanwhile the citizens of California are forced to endure water conservation measures, all because Nestle set up their bottling plant based on a seven mile pipeline that runs from national forest lands. This give them legal rights to the water that the average citizen does not have. While the licence to extract the water expired in 1988 the $524 fee has been considered enough to allow this to continue, it is now finally under review.
The sad truth is that access to most forms of water should be a right to each and every citizen, however as with most things this changes greatly when our government becomes involved. Mostly this is done so people cannot achieve self independence, other times it is so bigger groups have more control over resources than you. In any event The truth is you cannot live off the grid in this country with a very small set of exemptions. Control of natural resources such as water are the means in which the government insures this. When you look at such other issues as property tax, where you are forced to pay rent on property you supposedly “own”. You might begin to realize that you are not treated like a citizen, you are treated like a serf.
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