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Old 02-04-2020, 08:09 PM
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Default Living off-grid illegal in Arkansas?

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Hi, I bought a piece of property in Arkansas and I'm planning on building an off-grid tiny house on it. I'm gonna catch the rainwater off the roof, filter it into a 255-gallon tank and pump it into the sink and shower with a 12v pump. For power I'll use a generator and solar panels. I'm planning to drain the graywater off into a makeshift underground leach field. For feces I'm going to compost. I've lived in a camper for years, have off-grid friends in Missouri and Arizona, etc so this type of lifestyle is no stranger to me.

The problem is, after looking up and trying to understand the laws and the Health Department regulations, it sounds like basically all of that is illegal besides solar panels. You can't even catch and drink the rainwater! (Google 17-38-201). And even if you catch the rainwater for non-potable purposes the system has to be installed by a licenced engineer.

Grey water is basically treated the same legally as dumping raw sewage. The Health Department told me any building with piping must have a standard septic system, period. And the only way you can compost human waste is if you buy a $1,800+ NSF 41 certified Sun-Mar toilet which has awful reviews and is faulty.

So basically, I'm ***ing appalled. I thought Arkansas was a state that respected civil land use rights, that allowed people to live naturally as long as they weren't harming other people. Turns out Arkansas is one of the most tyrannical states in the country when it comes to living off-grid.

So I'm still planning on going through with my off-grid cabin plan, just curious if anyone has any opinions on how likely it is I'll be caught or persecuted. I'll be out in the woods and I won't be being a nuisance. I haven't heard any of these unjust laws discussed online and I wonder, is anyone even aware of these restrictions? It's pretty clear that dirty bureaucrats slipped this garbage into the legislature without the consent of the public. From what I gather these laws haven't been on the books for more than a decade or so. If anyone has any comments or advice I would appreciate it. Am I understanding the restrictions right? And does anyone else live fully off-grid in Arkansas without a septic system?


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