October 12, By Christian Murray
Parker Towers is free of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, just months after a resident died and another was critically ill from an outbreak.
The announcement was made by Koslowitz via Facebook after she was notified by the Department of Health that recent tests of the water determined that there were no Legionella bacteria.
“The test results show no Legionella bacteria in the building’s water system,” Koslowitz wrote. “It is now safe to use the water as you usually would.”
The victims lived at the 104-60 Queens Boulevard complex when they contracted the disease and most likely contracted the disease by breathing in water vapor containing the legionella bacteria, according to the DOH.
Since the outbreak the department has been checking the building’s hot water plumbing system, where the legionella bacteria that causes the disease is typically found.
The department had notified residents—particularly seniors– to avoid taking showers and instead take baths, and fill the tub slowly while trying to stay out of the bathroom as the tub fills.
Parker Towers management said in a statement that it was relieved that the tests were negative. “We are also glad for the tenants who no longer need to take precautions in using water in their apartments.”