Approximately 3,000 city residents of Jacob Riis houses are being told not to drink or cook with the water in their own houses for the fourth day.
No arsenic was discovered at the Jacob Riis Houses, according to the most recent test results from NYCHA, but more testing is required.
As their patience became thin, worried tenants and city leaders spoke with Astrid Martinez of CBS2.
“Housing has been acting in this manner. They have been calling us and urging us to avoid drinking the water despite their constant warnings that everything is bad “Amanda Sanks, a renter, stated.
After discovering a minor contamination last week, officials from NYCHA started warning residents of the Jacob Riis housing complex that arsenic had not been identified in the most recent water test samples taken from the complex.
Many tenants, though, claimed they are still unsure.
“because they initially claimed that it was bad. After then, they reported that it was good. Therefore, it was the back and forth with the inhabitants, which caused them to lose faith,” explained Daphne Williams.
More than 100 distinct locations within the East Village housing complex have yet to return any new results, which the city is still awaiting. It is being requested that locals refrain from drinking or cooking with tap water out of an abundance of caution.
After the most recent discoveries, City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera visited the area to allay locals’ concerns.
“We are requesting additional testing since, despite what we had previously been told, arsenic has not been found. We have reached a point where we have even more questions than before,” explained Rivera.
Numerous renters reported murky water three weeks ago, but they claim no one responded to them.
A representative for the mayor’s office said: “As we said Friday, there is no proof linking the arsenic levels to hazy water.”
Tenant Bridget Tuck claimed, “Parents didn’t know, and they were utilizing the water to mix their babies’ milk, powdered milk, taken baths, drinking, and taking medication.
Three weeks ago, numerous tenants complained about the murky water, but they allege nobody took any action.
“As we indicated Friday, there is no proof linking the arsenic levels to cloudy water,” a spokesperson for the mayor’s office said.
“Parents didn’t know, and they were using the water to mix their babies’ milk, powdered milk, taken baths, drinking, and taking medication,” stated tenant Bridget Tuck.
“It should be per household, please. Grandma can’t handle it. She is 90 years old, “said a different renter.
This is turning into a water emergency for locals who have kids or major health conditions.
“That was terrifying, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to trust the water again. Here, we’re not discussing trifles. We’re discussing poison “Stacey Hemby, a renter, stated.
The city did set up temporary sinks so that people could use fire hydrants to acquire water, but locals told CBS2 that it was challenging to transport this water up to their flats for cooking or bathing.
Mayor Eric Adams would not be accessible to discuss the matter for a fourth day. On Friday and Sunday, he did visit the complex to capture pictures of the people getting water. The remainder of the city’s water supply, according to the mayor’s office, is safe to drink.