Mayor Eric Adams downed a glass of drinking water at an East Village public housing complex Saturday to allay concerns it was contaminated with arsenic.
“We’re just here to make sure people know I’m drinking it,” Adams said after him and the city’s Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan both had a glass of water in an apartment in the Jacob Riis Houses.
“The water is drinkable,” he explained.
An Illinois-based lab, Environmental Monitoring and Technologies, first said it had detected the dangerous heavy metal in the condominium’s drinking water, sparking panic for over a week.
But the lab has since retracted its test results and admitted to being the ones who introduced the toxic compound into the samples, officials said.
Adams later said in a statement that the city believes separate tests of the complex’s water that were positive for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease were also “inaccurate.”
He also said the city is ready to take legal action against the lab.
“The city intends to pursue all available legal avenues on behalf of residents of the Riis homes and will be evaluating how we can reimburse residents for expenses incurred over the past week,” he said.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/10/mayor-adams-shows-nycha-complex-water-is-safe-to-drink/ Mayor Adams reveals NYCHA complex’s water is ‘safe’ to drink