Because many nation legislatures (frequently Democratic managed ones) don't like something they can't manage.
Collecting rainwater, is simply one symptom, in Florida it is unlawful to stay off of the grid, even in case you do not use them you have to be mounted to water, sewage and strength.
IMNSHO, all of this speak 'protective the environment', 'contributing to anthropomorphic weather alternate' and a gaggle of different excuses, are simply that excuse to justify the initiation of pressure or threats of initiation of pressure for a few mystical and imaginary 'greater suitable'.
As for the guy in Oregon, I grew up just north of there in Washington State, and I realize that BILLIONS of gallons of water go to waste and float out to the Pacific and are by no means used each year. And the same even with thousands and thousands of rain barrels. California's drought would not were anywhere near as awful as it was, if the twits in Sacramento had positioned the money into the aqueduct/reservoir infrastructure, stopped being concerned with the delta smelt, (a fish this is nothing greater than an disturbing bait fish).
Here is the problem as I see it. I grew up inside the 70's in which we had been all taught to preserve, use much less water, use much less power, et al. The truth is, we were given truely suitable at it, so right that the water groups, electric agency and every different bloody authorities sanctioned monopoly commenced dropping big cash because absolutely everyone were given good at local conservation, consequently prices for everthing started going up. I take into account the Bonneville Power Administration, back around 1980, asking the Washington state legislature to allow them to elevate energy fees due to the fact everyday individuals and commercial enterprise had were given so true at saving power, they supposedly could not afford to maintain the electrical infrastructure. In elements of California, the electrical agencies want make the ones who've long past sun to pay fees due to the fact it's miles hitting them in the pocket book.
Government sanctioned utility monopolies are not for you benefit, it's far people who make the money off it. As I stated before, all of this talk 'protective the surroundings', 'contributing to anthropomorphic climate alternate' is nothing but a bunch of nonsense to distract everyone from the fact that Government sanctioned application monopolies are the usage of the authorities and those excuse to jack up costs to cover their loses, because so long as they've their sanctioned monopoly, they do not need to change how they do commercial enterprise or face the kind of competition that would make matters much less luxurious for each person.