A Guide to NYC Cooling Tower Violations: Understanding the ISR and VDR

Posted by Greg Frazier on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 01:35 PM

The NYC Cooling Tower Laws were passed to keep people safe from legionella bacteria and the severe form of pneumonia that it causes. Over the past year, thousands of cooling towers were inspected and tested by the Department of Health’s newly staffed Office of Building Water Supply Oversight (OBWSO). If you are a cooling tower owner in New York City and have received an Inspection Summary Report (ISR) or a Violation Deficiency Report (VDR) then this is article for you. At first glance these documents, issued by the OBWSO, can be very confusing. The following article and FREE downloadable eBook can help answer questions that you may have about your NYC cooling tower ISR, VDR, and/or summons or any assessed fines or penalties.

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Tags: Cooling Tower Water Treatment, Cooling Tower Maintenance, New York Cooling Tower Law, Commercial Water Treatment Company, Legionella, Water Management Plan, Legionella Risk Assessment, New York City Legionella Laws, Cooling Tower Inspections, Cooling Tower Violations

Boiler Maintenance 101: Low Feedwater Temperature Causes Boiler Failure

Posted by Greg Frazier on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 @ 02:45 PM

It’s winter in the Northeast and we are running into the coldest months of the year. If you operate a commercial property, now is not a good time to have a boiler failure. If you operate an industrial or manufacturing facility, there is NEVER a good time to lose a boiler! Unfortunately, this a common occurrence throughout the winter months and culprit is very often cold feed water. Monitoring your boiler feed water temperature should be an important part of your daily boiler inspection and should be worked into your overall boiler maintenance program.

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Tags: Thermal Shock, boiler water treatment, Cetamine, boiler chemicals, boiler maintenance, Water Treatment Company, EcoSHIELD, Boiler Inspection, Boiler Water, Boiler Shock

Proper Boiler Commissioning and Boiler Inspections Keep the Public Safe

Posted by Greg Frazier on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 02:56 PM

There is a potential hidden danger that may be lying in wait in your neighborhood’s hospital, your kid’s school, your town shopping center or even your apartment complex. High pressure boilers deliver hot steam under pressure to be used in comfort heating and manufacturing processes. They are commonly used in hospitals, laundromats, dry cleaners, hotels, and schools; but a poorly maintained or improperly operated boiler has the potential to explode. The bigger the boiler… or the more pressure… the bigger the explosion.  A faulty or defective boiler is essentially a small bomb. Some boiler explosions cause substantial property damage. Some are much, much worse. Thankfully, there are regulations in place to protect the public from a catastrophic boiler failure. These regulations vary from state to state, however many of them incorporate some form of periodic boiler inspection as an integral requirement. 

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Tags: boiler water treatment, Water Treatment Companies, Cetamine, boiler chemicals, boiler maintenance, Boiler Commissioning, Steam Boiler Maintenance, Boiler Inspection, Boiler Water, Boiler Water Testing

Proper Commissioning and Initial Startup Procedures Extend Boiler Life

Posted by Greg Frazier on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 04:39 PM

Every boiler is unique. Even when they are the same exact models, they are still unique from each other. Metal thickness, skin temperatures, heat tolerances are all direct evidence of this. One of the most important steps in boiler’s lifetime (regardless of make, model or serial number) is when it goes through its initial startup and commissioning process. When done properly, it sets the tone for the how the boiler will operate during optimum conditions. When done poorly, or not at all, it could lead to immediate and profound problems. While there are multiple checkpoints that must be verified and tested during startup, this post will focus on the ones regarding boiler water treatment and what is required for the cleaning and chemical passivation of a new boiler system.

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Tags: Steam Boiler Treatment, boiler water treatment, Water Treatment Companies, Water Treatment Services, Cetamine, boiler water treatment chemicals, boiler chemicals, boiler maintenance, Boiler Commissioning, Steam Boiler Maintenance

November 1st Deadline for Annual Certification of NY Cooling Towers!

Posted by Greg Frazier on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 03:42 PM

In its all-out war against the mighty legionella bacteria, New York has passed sweeping legislation regarding cooling towers over the past year. One of the upcoming deadlines in New York City and State regarding compliance is the portion of the laws that require annual cooling tower certification. In the State of New York, building owners and property managers must annually certify that their cooling towers have been inspected, tested, cleaned and disinfected in compliance with New York State Legionella Law - Part 4 of Title 10: Protection Against Legionella. New York City has their own version of this law that must also be followed by building owner that operate a cooling tower with the five boroughs of NYC; the requirements of which are spelled out in Local Law 77 of 2015 and Chapter 8 (Cooling Towers) of Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York.

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New York City vs New York State Legionella Laws – The Definitive Guide

Posted by Greg Frazier on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 09:15 PM

Since the Legionella Outbreak of 2015 in the South Bronx, there has been a lot of confusion over the following topics: What is Legionella and what needs to be done in New York City and New York State to be in compliance with the new cooling tower laws.  The City and State laws were recently passed with the intention of preventing the spread of Legionella bacteria through cooling towers. As the agents from the various local health departments throughout New York begin to enforce compliance throughout the state, building owners look to their environmental consultants and water treatment companies for answers. The problem is that the New York City laws only pertain to properties that are located in the 5 Boroughs of NYC and they are slightly different than the laws that pertain to rest of the State of New York. Hopefully, this post will clear up a lot of the confusion. 

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NY Legionella Laws for Cooling Towers - City & State Comparison Chart

Posted by Greg Frazier on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 01:45 PM

Are the New York City and New York State Cooling Tower Laws confusing you? You are not alone. We get dozens of calls asking which law applies to which location and when. While we cannot offer legal advice on how you should interpret the laws, we can offer you some assistance in navigating them for yourself.

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Tags: Cooling Tower Water Treatment, New York Cooling Tower Law, Legionella, Legionella Water Treatment, new york legionella laws, Water Management Plan, Chapter 8 Title 24 RCNY, NYCRR Title 10 Part 4, Legionella Risk Assessment, Maintenance Program and Plan

NY City and State Legionella Laws for Cooling Towers Combined Download

Posted by Greg Frazier on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 @ 02:04 PM

If you are searching for New York City and/or New York State Legionella Laws for Cooling Towers then you came to the right place! There are actually multiple pieces of legislation that make up all the rules and regulations that you must follow in order to be in compliance with the New York Cooling Tower laws.

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Tags: ASHRAE Standard 188, New York Cooling Tower Law, Legionella, Cooling Towers, new york legionella laws, Chapter 8 Title 24 RCNY, Local Law 77 of 2015, NYCRR Title 10 Part 4, Emergency Cooling Tower Disinfection, Maintenance Program and Plan

NYCRR Title 10 Part 4 Replaces NY State Emergency Legionella Laws

Posted by Greg Frazier on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 04:56 PM

New Law Passed for Cooling Tower Owners in New York State!

On July 6th, 2016, New York State adopted a new Part 4 to Title 10 of the New York Code, Rules and Regulations entitled Protection Against Legionella. Officially known as NYCRR Title 10 Part 4: Protection Against Legionella, it is now the definitive regulation governing Legionella prevention in New York. This new legislation closely mirrors NYC’s Title 24 Chapter 8 of the Rules of the City of New York and the New York State emergency legislation that it replaces regarding legionella in cooling towers for all buildings and legionella in potable water systems for healthcare facilities throughout New York State. There are however, some significant additions and changes that NY building owners should be aware of. If you are responsible for a cooling tower in the State of New York, including the five boroughs, you are probably going to want to be familiar with this new law.

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New Cooling Tower Maintenance Law UPDATE Effective May 9th for NYC!

Posted by Greg Frazier on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 @ 11:19 PM

Attention New York City Building Owners!

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Tags: Cooling Tower Water Treatment, Legionella in Cooling Tower, Cooling Tower Maintenance, New York Cooling Tower Law, Water Treatment Companies, Environmental Consultants, Water Management Plan, Cooling Tower Testing Kit, Chapter 8 Title 24 RCNY, Local Law 77 of 2015