New York City’s water supply may be contaminated with bacteria
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that New York residents could soon be facing water shortages because of a “bacterial epidemic.”
Cuomo made the comments during a town hall meeting at New York’s Roosevelt Island in which he was joined by the state’s health commissioner, Dr. Shona Kinsman.
The two said that residents in the city’s poorest boroughs might soon be suffering from “bacteria” as a result of the state taking a water treatment plant offline for repairs.
The governor and commissioner both said that there was “no question” that residents living in the boroughs of Staten Island and the Bronx had been exposed to the bacteria in the water.
“You could be at a meeting and you don’t know who is standing behind you.
We’ve seen it in New York State.
You know, the bacteria is everywhere,” Cuomo said.
“You could find it anywhere, so this is a very, very, dangerous situation.”
He continued, “We have a lot of people that live in this boroughs, in Staten Island, in the Bronx, and we need to be vigilant.”
He said that people living in these areas should be getting tested for bacteria and that the state had begun testing water supplies from Staten Island to the Bronx.
“I think it is very important that people in these communities know that we have tested all of our water supplies and we’re very diligent about this,” Cuomo told reporters.
“We’ve tested every single water source, we’re going to continue to do that.
We’re not going to stop until we get it all.”
Cuomos comments came a day after the city of New York announced that it was closing two treatment plants and shuttering more than 3,500 offices due to the state shutdown.
Cuomo said at the time that the closures were necessary to reduce the amount of bacteria and viruses in the drinking water.
The governor’s office later released a statement saying that the governor was referring to the disinfection plants.
Cuomo told reporters Thursday that he believes that New Yorkers are “being exposed to this bacteria because we are taking a step backward.”
“We are going to start getting our act together.
We need to start taking steps to get our act in order.
It’s just a very dangerous situation,” Cuomo added.