Rain Water Solutions is a company that sells rainwater collection containers. Rainwater harvesting is the collection of rainwater running off of roofs. Harvesting water allows you to obtain water for free, and control what is in your water. It can be used for the landscape, showers, sinks, toilets, and even drinking water. This company sells the barrels for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural applications.
Rainwater has many benefits over treated water. Plants need pH neutral water and treated water contains ammonia, fluoride, and chlorine. After the price of the barrel, there is no other price to the water. Collecting clean water is much cheaper than collecting and cleaning polluted water. Harvesting the rainwater before it runs off into the soil can protect foundations from having high moisture levels. Collection also prevents runoff pollution from entering local rivers, streams, and watersheds. Mike Ruck, Co-Owner and Chief Water Officer at Rain Water Solutions, explains that rain water collection creates a “decentralized approach to water,” where rather than infiltrating the soil, being extracted at a water facility, and then being sent through pipes back to households, the water that falls off of your roof goes straight into your house.
This process is incredibly useful for conservation of water in droughts. In areas with flooding, rainwater collection units prevent some of the water from reaching the land where it would become floodwater. With the increasing occurrence and length of droughts in the central and western US, and more rainfall in the lower latitudes, rainwater collection may be part of the answer.
Rain Water Solutions offers programs for municipalities to run rainwater collection throughout cities. The company will provide the rain water barrels as well as outreach and distribution logistics. Education is one of the most important parts in the installation of rainwater collection units, and Rain Water Solutions provides that tool. Anyone can reach out to bring this program to their town.
The amazement with how little water can fill up a barrel is part of what started this company. When the two founders sold a few hundred barrels in their first weekend, they knew that there was a need for this product. Mike Ruck’s favorite quote “there is no substitute for water” is the perfect way to summarize his motto that “water is life.”
The Rain Water Solutions collection barrels are made from 100% recycled plastic, and come with the tools needed to have them collect successfully. This company is helping people make steps towards minimizing their negative impact on the environment and providing water for communities and families in an economical and sustainable way.
Written by Elise Mazur, May 28th, 2015