My place is a little south of Mt. Pleasant and is an Unincorporated area, so no building permits or land use permits, no worries with rain catchment either, the only thing you have to worry about in Unincorporated areas of Texas is if you put in a septic, it has to be inspected by a state inspector to be legal, other than that you can pretty much do as you wish without government interference.
Originally Posted by RetiredNSmilin
I have 2 wells, one I put in myself that goes 60' deep, It's good for collecting groundwater for non potable uses, and one deep well that goes down to the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer (Good drinking water), and I also do rain catchment out there, Water is a complete non issue at the BOL. even without the wells I can collect well over 20,000 gallons a year off my cabin roof with the catchment system.
Not sure about other states, but like you I've heard horror stories, I've very glad to live in Texas.
Incidentally I also do rain catchment at my home in DFW (Frisco area) and there are no legal issues as long as I keep my water tanks in my backyard. I use the 275 gallon IBC tanks at my house, I only have 4 so right at 1100 gallons of storage, but if that's not enough it's probably time to bug out to east Texas anyway.
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