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You can own one of these amazing water tank replicas with your support starting at the $20 and $50 reward levels!
$20 - You get "The Mini" Brooklyn Water Tower Model Kit + Premium access to the Water Tower in high definition!
$50 - You get "The Mega" Brooklyn Water Tower Model Kit + Bonus features including exclusive footage and interviews that didn't make it into the final cut + Premium access to the Water Tower in high definition!
$100 or above - You get your choice of "The Mini" or "The Mega" Brooklyn Water Tower Model Kit + Limited-Edition Water Tower Poster AND a DVD including the film and Bonus Features!
*A HUGE thank you to David and Terence at Boundless Brooklyn for their support!
If you live in New York City, you probably drink water that comes from weathered, wooden water tanks. Thousands of tanks are perched on apartments and office buildings across the city.
The problem is that the majority of these drinking water tanks are not properly cleaned or inspected. When we took our own independent water samples, we found that several tanks were contaminated with E. coli.
Water Tower takes you up to the rooftops and into the tanks themselves. We question public officials and discover what happens when a city of millions relies on the goodwill of their landlords to protect their water quality.
The New York Times investigation
The Times published some of the basic facts we uncovered, but if we can fund the rest of this project, you'll see that we reveal even more in the documentary!
Check it out: http://nyti.ms/1jVqCLs
We still need some funding to complete our documentary.
What we need
We're nearly finished, but can't release the film until we enlist the help of talented post-production professionals. We believe this is an important story that deserves to be told the best way we can tell it.
We need to pay for music licenses, sound design, color correction, and fine editing. And once we've got a final cut, we'll need some promotional funds.
The rooftop barrels have been part of the drinking water distribution system since the late 1800s and help boost the natural pressure provided by the city's aqueduct system. New York officials claim that the city has some of the best tap water. They spent billions of dollars to ensure reservoirs, aqueducts, and water mains deliver fresh, clean water.
But the problem is...city landlords are responsible for keeping the tanks clean. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's reports show most landlord's do not comply with the law.
How you can help
Donate to the project. Whether it's $5, $20 or $2,000 (Or more! Thank you!) every little bit helps. Remember, Kickstarter is all or nothing. We need to meet our $7,500 goal to finish the documentary and get the story out there.
Risks and challenges
We're so close to completing this film! After more than two years of investigation, we're about 90% there and just need a little funding to push it over the finish line.
Challenges might include finding folks who can help us with post-production, haggling with music license holders for an affordable price, and general logistics of getting a film released in a timely manner.
I hope you'll help support independent journalism by donating and sharing our link around the web. Thanks in advance!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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