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(US) San Francisco: worst that can happen if you enter a shop and start eating?

I'm sick and tired of having to spend 25 hours a day just to get change for sufficient food, and to go without for months consecutive. Assuming, if provided a DA does not prosecute—What's the absolute ...
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Intra-Provincial Waterway Laws

My question is related to boats in an intra- provincial waterway. Waterways are federal, but Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau Quebec share the river system. As a commercial vessel what laws would regulate ...
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Is installing and maintaining / cleaning a septic tank in Spain's Galicia permissionless?

I have a small solar, 232 m2, and the town hall rejects connecting it to the sewage system because it is not buildable ( edificable) due to being smaller than 500 m2. I would like to install a septic ...
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What happens when there is a 5k unpaid water bill in pa on a home you are looking to buy? No title insurance allowed until 4months after the buy [closed]

The home I am currently looking to buy has an unpaid water/sewage bill of 5k. The previous owner had not paid on. The seller I am buying the home off of has only had it under a year so no title ...
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What is the consequence of failing to allow the water company to install a meter?

Under the water industry act 1991 water providers must have a plan to manage the demand for water in certain areas. If they choose to install compulsory water meters but aren’t allowed to because a ...
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Water rights - Navajo Nation v. United States

I am trying to understand the context behind the recent SCOTUS decision against the Navajo Nation. It seems like the US, as a trustee, has an equitable duty to perform a Water Rights Accounting, and ...
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In the USA what state's laws do I have to abide by when rafting on a river boundary?

Lets say I'm rafting in a river that marks the boundary between state A and B. While in said river I perform an action legal in state A but not in state B. I want to know if I broke the law. How do ...
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UK Spring Water Regulations

I just saw a post talking about how various brands of spring water in the UK are not meeting regulations because they are bottled at a different location to the spring. Looking online, most sites (...
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UK - Tenant causing water damage to neighbours on flying freehold

In the UK, a tenant lives in a flying freehold, i.e., the tenant's upstairs bathroom is on top of the neighbour's living room. The tenant upstairs has admitted to forgetting about running a bath, and ...
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What are the possible repercussions of failing to pay, or alternatively register for utility bills?

A common trope among self styled sovereign citizens is that there's effectively no real need to pay for utilities. Because they "can't" shut them off. I can easily imagine some human rights ...
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Can I be charged for tap water in a restaurant in New Mexico, USA

Recently I was eating at a rather upscale steak restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at the start of the service the waiter asked if I wanted bottled or tap water. I opted for tap water, and was ...
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In Arizona, what determines the order of priority for rights to water?

This recent article made me think more about what determines who has rights to water, e.g. in the case of a major long-term water shortage. Is it a charter under CAPLTER? Is it the date the home or ...
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How to compel small town government to take action when critical infrastructure (sewers) fail?

Upstate NY (USA) here. I live in a very small, rural village (only a few hundred people). The street we live on has a sewer line that all the houses connect to. Last week our neighbors noticed a very ...
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Can you steal the height of water?

I have a plot of land very close to a spillway that has no hydroelectric attached to it and I'm considering discreetly attaching my own hydroelectric to it. I understand that the piping work will be ...
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Water payment dispute

Basically I finished up my rental contract in Finland and my landlord told me the water consumption was very high and that I need to pay an extraordinary payment of over €1500 for the course of a year....
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City Charging Sewage For Outside Water Use i.e Sprinklers, Garden Hose, etc

The town of Centreville in Maryland has enforced a 25% increase on water usage charges for 2021 and another 25% increase through 2022 due to underestimating the cost to replace century-old water pipes....
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What laws prohibit dirty water and poor sewage systems at apartment complexes in California?

What law requires habitable living conditions that require clean water and no bad sewage smells coming from the bathroom at an apartment?
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Origin of goods in international waters

In the Europe Union, it is mandatory for a seller to indicate where the food is coming from. If fish were caught in international waters, should we consider its origin as the closest country or the ...
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What is the furthest point from land at sea where individual U.S. state laws apply?

I wondered to myself if there was a specific point within the 12 mile US territorial sea where individual U.S. state law ends and only federal law applies. For example, could an individual/business ...
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Can California water districts legally use proprietary water budget formulas?

My water district is using EPA's ETo (evapotranspiration) concept to set water budgets for retail billing. When water usage exceeds 2 x ETo x landscape area in a given month, then the HCF unit price ...
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Can California water districts legally use EPA water budgets?

My water district is using EPA's ETo (evapotranspiration) concept to set water budgets for retail billing. ETo is higher during hot and dry months. My water district is multiplying ETo by landscape ...
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Can water bills be shared in independent flats of a building (UK)

I have signed an assured short-hold tenancy agreement for a year in a London flat. The building has a main entrance and then 4 different flats. My main question is whether it is normal that the ...
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Why is distilled water packaged and sold similar to drinking water in the US but not in other countries?

In the United States and Canada, distilled water packaging is almost identical to that of drinking water with just minor differences. In other countries such as Israel and Germany, distilled water is ...
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In the US, what federal codes govern the operation of a shooting range?

I'm trying to understand what laws and codes give guidance for the operation of a shooting range. I'm particularly interested in the laws regarding hazardous materials (lead from the backstop(s)). ...
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Is there really such a thing as "international, lawless waters"?

Are there actually places on this planet, in the ocean somewhere, where you can travel by ship and then, once you are there, there are no laws? For example, you could lure on a bunch of little kids ...
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Am I responsible for unpaid water bill of a previous tenant?

I recently moved into a house in South Carolina. Upon trying to get my water turned on they informed me I was going to have to pay $1500 in "unpaid fees" in order to get it turned back on. I have a ...
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In the US, is there any law that governs the amount of pollution generated on private land?

I'm thinking about a scenario where one does car repairs, shoots in their backyard, and handles industrial materials. Even large amounts of paint. You are supposed to take these to a junkyard or ...
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Free potable water law in UK and EU

In Britain, all licensed premises are required by law to provide "free potable water" to their customers upon request. What legislation covers this? Is this the case in other European countries? I ...
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What obligations do homeowners have about storm water discharge?

When there is a downpour, which happens at least a dozen times per year, my next-door neighbor's back yard fills up with water. I mean that the entire back yard looks like a pond, and the grass is ...
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Is sewage in Maryland, USA a utility and what protections come with that?

The title of this question might need some work, because my question is really two-fold. I live in a rented Townhouse in Maryland, USA. Water and Sewage costs are separated because the county ...
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Is a fishing license required on a private pond?

Suppose there is a pond that is privately stocked by the pond association, a group of homeowners. The pond has no public access; town residents may access the pond through a town beach, or waterfront ...
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Can a utility force a new owner to pay previous owner's debts?

My niece purchase a "fixer-upper" house that had been empty for we-don't-know-how-long. I haven't had much success in locating Oklahoma law for this: She went to the water utility to get service. ...
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Are diving suits outlawed in Cannes, France?

The mayor of Cannes, France has recently outlawed the burqini from public beaches. I'm an underwater diver. When I heard this news, I had no clue what a burqini looked like. I was quite stunned when I ...
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Must a private institution regularly test its water supply?

I attend a private university. Today, they notified students via email that, due to recent events, they decided to test the water supply of on-campus residences, and found that their lead levels were ...
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Is a teenager allowed to drive a boat without a drivers license in the US?

In the United States, can any teenager (age 13-19) drive a boat without having a drivers license? Is it possible to get some type of a license through some type of course that would allow them to ...
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Did I forfeit the right to my property?

There are 2 parcels of land purchased by different but (family) related parties at the same time. One of the properties (A) contained a well; the other (B) contained the pumps and equipment required ...
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Do examples exist of a HOA covenants for water in a watershed?

I'm looking for any precedent examples that give shape to how HOA-like covenants (group ownership) work for a natural resource — specifically a watershed. Here are some concepts typical to HOA ...
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Are galvanized pipes allowed in residential water delivery pipes in NYC?

Some residential properties in New York City still have galvanized pipes for the inlet water line. Since heavy metals from the galvanization can leach into the water, this kind of pipe is no longer ...