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Renewable Energy => Rainwater Harvesting => Topic started by: St Rhenium on December 02, 2015, 06:55:40 PM

Title: Is it legal to sell your collected rainwater in England?
Post by: St Rhenium on December 02, 2015, 06:55:40 PM
If you had a really good system here, I'd imagine it may be possible to sell large amounts of dirty water water at a very low cost for people to use in their gardens in your area. Would this be legal? If so, are there any requirements or exclusions?
Title: Re: Is it legal to sell your collected rainwater in England?
Post by: LucidEnergy on December 02, 2015, 07:07:01 PM
I believe that if you were selling enough to be profitable you would run into trouble. But selling any amount would probably require licensing, so that alone would make it impractical, but I'm no legal expert.
Title: Re: Is it legal to sell your collected rainwater in England?
Post by: allegrif on December 03, 2015, 03:25:34 PM
With rules and regulations like this, the issue never stems from the act of collecting rainwater, or even selling it. The concerns of the authorities are more to do with groundwater contamination if you're not doing it right. I believe this would be the only reason any authority would ever have an issue with you taking on a project like this. Safety is their focus.
Title: Re: Is it legal to sell your collected rainwater in England?
Post by: Zarostulus on December 03, 2015, 03:41:36 PM
With rules and regulations like this, the issue never stems from the act of collecting rainwater, or even selling it. The concerns of the authorities are more to do with groundwater contamination if you're not doing it right. I believe this would be the only reason any authority would ever have an issue with you taking on a project like this. Safety is their focus.
This. Can you imagine if someone had collected a lovely batch of e-coli in their water drums, sold it and infected half a town with the illness? Questions would rightly be raised about why the state hadn't done more to regulate the sale and monitor the safety of the water - even if it was brownwater. If water is seriously infected with something, all it takes is a few droplets to enter your system while you water your plants and you'll be struck down with the bug.