DOH confirms River Park Towers’ water system contaminated with Legionella

The bacteria is not only an issue when drinking water – it can also spread through water vapor in the air, conflicting with things like showering or boiling water to cook.

Julia Joseph and Adolfo Carrion

Oct 11, 2023, 12:24 AM

Updated 247 days ago

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The New York City Department of Health has confirmed that the water system at the River Park Towers is contaminated with legionella.  
Legionella is a dangerous bacteria that can cause people to contract Legionnaire’s disease, which two residents already have. The bacteria is not only an issue when drinking water – it can also spread through water vapor in the air, conflicting with things like showering or boiling water to cook. 
Tenants living in buildings 10 and 20 at the River Park Towers are in a panic after having their suspicions confirmed.  
“Every day, I’m hoping that I don’t come back having contracted that,” said resident McNeil. “It’s a major concern.” 
The Department of Health released the following statement: “The health of New Yorkers is our top priority, and we are working with the building owner to treat the building's water system, which tested positive for Legionella. Residents were notified in an updated notice and informed to continue water use recommendations the Health Department had shared previously.” 
Residents say notices about the contamination have been posted in their building, but that they are demanding immediate action from management.  
News 12 has reached out to the management at River Park Towers and is awaiting a response. 


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