EAST VILLAGE DRINKING WATER ARSENIC LEVELS IN THE NYCHA COMPLEX ARE ELEVATED

After a test found unsafe amounts of arsenic in the drinking water at the Jacob Riis Houses in the East Village, NYCHA began distributing bottled water on Friday.

Two unnamed individuals informed The City that despite the public housing authority not taking action until Friday, test results from roughly two weeks ago found evidence of arsenic in the water, while NYCHA rejected this assertion in a statement to the New York Post.

Many of the housing complex's 2,600 occupants were already avoiding the water because it was murky.

In a tweet, Adams spokeswoman Fabien Levy stated, "NYCHA quickly launched water testing in August after receiving allegations of hazy water at Riis Houses."

On Saturday, personnel were planned to travel floor by floor through the building, attempting to flush the system by having residents turn on their taps.

Officials are awaiting additional test results to determine why the arsenic levels were increased.