Rain is Free. Use it.

Rain Brothers, LLC

6. Clean Water and Sanitation 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

Rain Brothers is an installer of rainwater harvesting systems for residential and commercial use. Their installations range from single rain barrels to cisterns that can hold tens of thousands of gallons of water. The company was founded 11 years ago by Johnathan Meier & Gordy Smith in Columbus, OH with the goal of providing sustainable access and use of water throughout the state of Ohio. Rain Brothers meets the UN Global Goals of clean water and sanitation through the systems, but also contributes to the goals of sustainable cities and communities and responsible consumption.

Author

Giancarlo DiFranco

Giancarlo DiFranco

School

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management

Professor

ILMA BARROS POSE

ILMA BARROS POSE

Innovation

Specifically, the company has recently worked with the Family Ministry Center in downtown Cleveland to provide a catchment system of 22,000 gallons, which in turn is used to irrigate a community garden. This provides members of the center with valuable education on food and water use.

Rain is Free. Use it.

Inspiration

Johnathan finds the most fulfillment in his projects throughout rural Ohio where access to clean water is becoming increasingly limited. Although wells can be successfully dug throughout most of Ohio, many wells are no longer viable as a result of droughts, low water table, and chemical infiltration from abandoned mines. In these instances rainwater is the only practical alternative if residents wish to remain in these locations.

Overall impact

Johnathan described a project for an 80 year old client who was without water for three months. His only access was provided by family and friends delivering it in five gallon pails. By installing a cistern that collects water from the roof and filtering it appropriately, it has become a source for all of his daily needs. According to Johnathan, “Most of the systems we install in these settings are only 5500 gallons, which is enough to provide monthly water usage for a family of four.”

Business benefit

While these types of projects provide a direct impact for local residents, Rain Brothers also offers commercial systems to help businesses become more sustainable and conserve water resources. Working with Pilot Dogs, Inc, an organization that trains guide dogs, Rain Brothers developed, designed, and installed a 16,500 gallon rain water harvesting system. The non-potable water is used to wash down the kennels, saving thousands of gallons of clean drinking water each year.

Social and environmental benefit

“Catching rainwater is a versatile, easy solution to the growing threat of water shortage. Though it is our most precious resource, it is often overlooked in favor of other, more trendy sustainability initiatives.” Through their mission to conserve water, the Rain Brothers are providing the community with an alternative for clean drinking water and promoting a culture of sustainability.

Interview

Johnathan Meier, Rain Brothers, LLC

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Rain Brothers, LLC

Rain Brothers, LLC

OH, US

Business Website: https://www.rainbrothers.com/

Year Founded: 2006

Number of Employees: 2 to 10

With a combined 20 years of field experience in rain harvesting between the two owners -- from residential drinking water systems, to agricultural and landscape irrigation, to commercial and industrial design and installation -- our team can provide you with nothing short of quality service. If you're a DIYer looking to install your own system, we offer only quality, tested products at unbeatable prices, and a volume of resources and technical support to aid your work. If you're an architect or engineer looking to incorporate a RWH system into your project, we offer extensive design services. If you're a property owner looking for an install team, we are here to help. From sales to design to service -- we are your one-stop shop for everything rainwater.