RainPerfect provides eco-friendly pump for barrels

Gloucester, Mass.-based Rule is promoting greener gardens through a new solar-powered RainPerfect pump system designed for use with rain barrels.

The product made its debut in January, and is now working its way to consumers nationwide, according to the company. It was developed and produced by ITT Corp.'s Flow Control division.

"This year, we’re encouraging people to try one new ‘green’ initiative for their garden by focusing on water conservation," said Gina Arnone, marketing manager, Innovation Lab, at ITT Flow Control. "One of the best alternatives to traditional watering is recycling rain, and the RainPerfect pump system makes this goal easy and affordable.”

RainPerfect’s features include a rechargeable NiMH battery, powered by the included solar panel. It offers easy and quick top-mount installation, adaptable to most rain barrel styles. And it pumps up to 100 gallons on a single charge, emptying most standard barrels

A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need to water plants or wash a car. Rain barrels provide an ample supply of free "soft water" containing no chlorine, lime or calcium, making them ideal for gardens, flowers or potted plants. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a rain barrel can potentially save homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months.