Harvesting the Rain in a Children's Garden


 Residential Rainwater Collection

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Rain Brothers LLC installs rainwater harvesting systems for residential and commercial properties as well as providing for DIYers ready to take on small residential projects themselves. Founded 11 years ago with the goal of providing sustainable access and use of water throughout the state of Ohio, Rain Brothers offers systems to help businesses and homeowners become more sustainable and conserve water resources. Between the two owners, Johnathan Meier and Gordy Smith, they have over twenty years of combined experience in rainwater harvesting.

 Silo Rainwater Storage

Their installations range from single residential rain barrels to cisterns that can hold tens of thousands of gallons of water. Most projects consist of irrigating with the rainwater, since rainwater has several advantages over city water. Rain Brothers also install systems where the rainwater is filtered to potable-quality for use in private water systems, specifically in rural areas where public water is not available. They’ve installed systems where rainwater is used to supply toilets and laundry. Their projects include above ground rain storage at Franklin Park Conservatory, a cistern system for the Ohio Governor’s Mansion, restoring a hand pump and historical well and installations at The Ohio State University.

 Raised Bed Gardens

Johnathan Meier, one of the ‘brothers’ and appropriately from a family of well drillers, installed a system for AHA! Children’s Museum in Lancaster, Ohio, to irrigate a raised bed garden as part of the Raymond B. Martens Nature Playscape. With funding provided by the City of Lancaster Stormwater Manager as a public education project in the use of stormwater, the system included a ‘silo’ that reflected the area’s agriculture heritage and holds 1480 gallons of harvested rainwater from the roof of the 8000 sq. ft. museum.

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