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Government Makes Collecting Rainwater Illegal

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rain-water-illegalMany survivalists stock up on food, necessities, and water, but soon, it may be illegal to do so. As the government begins to crack down on many land liberties, including survival gardens being seized and a case in California where land owners were forced back on the grid. Now a man in Oregon was sentenced to thirty days in jail and fined $1500. Why? He had been collecting rain water. On his own property. The man, Gary Harrington, was convicted in a court of law with nine misdemeanors for collecting rain and snow run-off in three man-made reservoirs on his land. The state of Oregon claimed (and won the case with the claim) that the water fell from the sky and is owned by the state as well as the Medford Water Commission.

Many Western states, including Utah, Washington, and Colorado have outlawed rainwater collection systems, stating that the water belongs to someone else. A total of nine states have laws that either ban completely or limit the collection of rainwater. These laws, of course, say nothing of corporations who bottle and sell water for a profit; they are only aimed at individuals collecting, storing, and using water for their own needs. Is a toll for the air we breathe next?

Now is the time to start taking proactive steps towards preparing for your own future’s safety and security. Jason Hartman recommends many methods of ensuring your own financial security, so that if you are forced to pay for every drop of your water, or the soil on your property, or the oxygen you inhale each day – you will be prepared.

One option that Jason recommends is investing in rental properties for the residual income available. In Indianapolis, for instance, is a gorgeous three bedroom, two and a half bath home that offers an annual cash flow of $5,093. At $69,000, the return on investment is a whopping twenty-four percent!

But Jason offers other advice for those who are not interested in purchasing property to rent out, even though rental prices are currently soaring while home purchase prices remain low. He points out that some debt is wise, particularly in cases of a fixed-rate, long-term loan with a low interest rate. With the funds, you can acquire commodities which may be useful for a time when bartering is required for necessities such as air and water. (Top image: Flickr | .v1ctor.)

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