27 Feb '14, 2pm

Should people be allowed to go off-grid and off-pipe in the city? (Survey)

Should people be allowed to go off-grid and off-pipe in the city? (Survey)

Building codes have been around for a while, going back to Hammurabi in 1750 BC. The Book of Deuteronomy specified that houses should have parapets to keep roofing tiles from falling on people's heads in the streets below. Their purpose was and mostly still is, to keep people safe. Plumbing codes serve much the same purpose; when water and sewers were installed in cities 150 years ago, people had to be compelled legally to connect, but it was necessary for public health. Today, many people want to disconnect, to get off the grid and the pipe. In Cape Coral, Florida, Robin Speronis was doing just that, using solar panels for electricity and rainwater instead of city water. That's illegal under the building codes in Cape Coral, so they charged her, or as Off-Grid Living dramatically titles it, City threatens widow with eviction for living off the grid. In court, the magistra...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-water/should-people-be-al...

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