The water in Bruce, WI has been deemed unsafe to drink due to the extremely high levels of manganese detected in the city wells. Manganese is safe and healthy in small amounts, but too much can cause severe and permanent neurological damage.
Bruce is a small rural village in one of the 5 lowest income counties in WI (Rusk). While the village is working hard to rectify the water issue, this could take years. In the meantime people of the community are challenged with the task of getting safe drinking water to everyone. There have been some bottled water donations, but this is a very short term and expensive solution. There are home filter systems that can remove manganese, but they are very expensive with the exception of a rather inexpensive system by Zero water filters, which is NSF certified to filter out manganese. https://zerowater.co.uk/pages/contaminants-manganese
A large capacity filter jug system can be purchased for roughly $33 and the replacement filters run about $12-14 each. The system comes with a TDS meter that measures how effective the filter is at removing all dissolved solids from the water and lets you know exactly when you need to change the filter to be sure that the water is safe. Compared to using bottled water for drinking, cooking, etc. This filter system is less expensive and safer than the potential hazards of plastic bottled water. It also eliminates the hassle of transporting heavy jugs and packages of bottles, especially for the elderly, disabled, parents of small children, etc.
All proceeds will go directly to purchasing new water filter systems and replacement filters for people of the community that do not have the resources to obtain one themselves. We will be focusing on the elderly, disabled, and lowest income families with small children first.
Please consider donating to this mission of bringing safe drinking water into the homes of people who need it most. Reaching our initial goal of $2500 would supply a filter system and at least one replacement filter for the 50 households in the community who need it most.