City pronounces Jacob Riis Houses water safe to drink as mayor, health commissioner drink to end of arsenic scare


After a week-long arsenic contamination scare brought upon by apparently faulty test results, the water inside the Lower East Side’s Jacob Riis Houses is again safe to drink, Mayor Eric Adams pronounced Saturday.

To demonstrate that safety, both the mayor and city Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan helped themselves on Sept. 10 to glasses full of cold H2O straight from a kitchen tap in one of the Riis Houses apartments.