Rain Water Solutions manufactures and distributes the 65-gallon Moby rain barrel as well as the 50 gallon Ivy rain barrel. We work with residents, local and state agencies, and public and private institutions to develop custom solutions with the intent of protecting their landscape investment and reducing the use of costly, treated water. Our goal is to educate and engage communities on the importance of protecting water quality through conserving water and reducing storm water runoff.
Rain Water Solutions is a proud B Corporation and certified Best For the World in 2016!
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Making a passion into a family business.
It took a severe drought in 1998 to appreciate that water is an important natural resource we need to protect. In North Carolina we were counting down the days that many municipalities would run out of potable water. That was scary....Read More
Lynn Ruck, she/her, co-founder and Director Of World Headquarters
Lynn was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and graduated college with a Commercial Photography degree. After working in many photography studios and for the North Carolina Museum of Art she started and ran her own photography business for 13 years. While she and Mike were working day jobs they discovered their combined passion for water conservation that lead to them starting Rain Water Solutions in 2002. Selling rain barrels was a part time gig that grew into a full time love for protecting and conserving water. Lynn wears many hats at Rain Water Solutions, including providing oversight of the company’s core business of rain barrel production, sales and logistics. She also coordinates marketing, municipal programs, and the myriad of other daily tasks involved in running a growing business. Lynn is motivated by creatively “thinking outside of the box” and is focused on new market development as well as education and outreach. She enjoys working with our partners across the country to provide their residents information about the benefits using rain barrels. During her time off she enjoys hiking, kayaking, time with friends and family and traveling. Her favorite holiday is the 4th of July.
Mike Ruck, he/him, co-founder and Chief Water Officer
Mike is passionate about rainwater harvesting and all things environmentally friendly. He provides oversight for all operations as well as the design, installation, and engineering of rainwater harvesting systems. Mike is focused on new product development and current trends, codes, and laws regulating rainwater re-use and storm water runoff. Mike is Vice President on the Board of Directors for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and is an accredited professional through ARCSA as well as certified through the NC State University for Storm Water BMP Inspection and Maintenance. Presently Mike is on the City of Raleigh Water Task Force committee. November 2016 Mike was honored with the Life Time Achievement award from ARCSA.
Madelyn Ruck, she/her, Design and Marketing
Madelyn graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from Appalachian State University. She worked as an Industrial Designer in product development, prototyping, and commercial furniture before joining RWS full time in 2021. Madelyn makes most of our education material, and stars in most of the how-to videos. She loves getting to work with people who are passionate about water conservation everyday. During her time off, Madelyn enjoys making pottery, gardening, hiking, and rock climbing. Her favorite holiday is Christmas.
Elliott Ruck, they/them, Operations Assistant
Elliott is the newest member of Rain Water Solutions. They were born and raised in Raleigh, NC and graduated with a degree in baking and pastry arts, going on to work as a pastry chef before changing course during the pandemic. In 2021 they stepped in part-time to help Rain Water Solutions with various tasks. Eventually they joined the team permanently helping the whole crew with wherever they are needed. They love being a team player and thrive on completing objectives that promote positive outcomes in our work environment and all things water. During their time off, Elliott enjoys gardening, painting, and hanging out with their two cats. Their favorite holiday is Halloween.
We look forward to helping you with your water needs!