Chemical found in mothballs found in Corning Tower water, OGS says
Naphthalene was found in samples taken from faucets on the 11th and 35th floor of the tower.
The state Office of General Services said the levels were 1.4 parts per billion and 0.75 ppb, respectively, insisting the amount was "significantly below the Department of Health’s drinking water standard of 50 ppb and the EPA’s health advisory level of 100 ppb."
Employees in the 44-story tower should keep drinking bottled water supplied by OGS, the agency said.
Naphthalene is an organic compound most commonly found in mothballs.
"Friday, out of an abundance of caution, we asked that tenants in the Corning Tower refrain from drinking water from sinks and fountains," OGS wrote in an email to state employees.
"As employees start their work week we ask that you continue to refrain from drinking water.
Bottled water will once again be provided until further notice.
Additionally, tenants who used their own bottles of water last week should consider rinsing those bottles with the bottled water being provided.
Using the water for hand washing is OK. As stated Friday, Biggs Lab and other buildings are not affected."
Water samples were sent to the state Department of Health and tests were being done at the Wadsworth Center’s laboratory.