Manganese is a natural element found in drinking water, food and soil; however, too much Manganese may be harmful to your health. The average levels of Manganese in the Brooklyn Center water supply is higher than the recommendation of the Minnesota Department of Health.
Small amounts of Manganese are necessary for a healthy diet within adults; however infants are at higher risk because they will absorb more of the element as they grow.
Both the city of Brooklyn Center and the Department of Health are being proactive about this issue. The Department of Health will be doing a series of tests for metals and other elements that should be finished by the end of this year.
In my opinion residents of Brooklyn Center who have infants or even young children should take the necessary steps to protect their drinking water. The simple solution is to purchase a water filter or pitcher for your home. The long term solution is to informed and be proactive regarding your families health.