Mayor Adams shows NYCHA complex water is ‘safe’ to drink

Mayor Eric Adams drank a glass of clean water at an East Village public housing complex on Saturday in a bid 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 city health commissioner Ashwin Vasan. both drank a glass of water in an apartment at the Jacob Riis Houses.

“The water is drinkable,” he said.

An Illinois-based lab, Environmental Monitoring and Technologies, initially said it detected the dangerous heavy metal in drinking water at the building complex, sparking more than a week of panic.

But the lab has since withdrawn its test results and admitted to being the one who introduced the toxic compound to the samples, officials said.

An Illinois-based lab has retracted its drinking water heavy metal test results and admitted introducing the toxic chemicals into the samples.


A photo of Mayor Eric Adams drinking water with people at an East Village housing complex.

“The city intends to pursue all legal options available on behalf of residents of Riis Houses and will explore how we can reimburse residents for expenses incurred over the past week,” Mayor Adams wrote in a statement.


Adams later said in a statement that the city believes separate tests of the resort’s water that tested positive for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease are also “inaccurate.”

He also said the city was willing to take legal action against the lab.

“The city intends to pursue all available legal options on behalf of residents of Riis Houses and will explore how we can reimburse residents for expenses incurred over the past week,” he said.