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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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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The  NYC Cooling Tower Maintenance Program March 1st Deadline is Here!

Posted by Greg Frazier on Tue, Mar 01, 2016 @ 11:55 PM

Attention NYC Building Owners! The governing bodies of New York City and New York State are requiring all owners of cooling towers to implement a Cooling Tower Maintenance Program and Plan by March 1st, 2016 or face potential fines and penalties. Navigating the City and State laws that require this maintenance plan to be in place may not be easy for some and there is a possibility that many cooling tower owners do not even realize that there are new requirements that need their attention immediately.

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Cooling Tower Water Treatment Test Kit Complies with NY Legionella Law

Posted by Greg Frazier on Tue, Mar 01, 2016 @ 12:19 PM

Owners of cooling towers in New York City will probably need to start testing their cooling tower water treatment chemicals on a daily basis if the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has something to say about it.  And they certainly do have something to say about it...

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DOHMH Public Hearing Scheduled to Discuss NYC Cooling Tower Law Update

Posted by Greg Frazier on Mon, Dec 28, 2015 @ 07:50 PM

This past summer New York City experienced the worst Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in its recorded history. In what is now being referred to as the NYC Legionella Outbreak of 2015, more than 130 people were sickened and 16 people tragically died. In an effort to keep the public safe, both the City and State of New York passed emergency legislation designed to regulate the operation and maintenance of cooling towers. Today, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) seeks to make those emergency provisions stronger and lasting; and will hold a public hearing to discuss and pass their newly proposed rules. The hearing will take place from 10AM to 12PM on January 4, 2016 at DOHMH headquarters in Long Island City. Once the hearing is over, the DOHMH will modify the rules based on the public’s feedback, if necessary, and then draft a final version.  A copy is then published in the City Record and submitted to the City Council where it will be voted on to become law. This legislation will have an effect on the operation procedures of any building that operates a cooling, as well as the water treatment companies and environmental consulting firms that service them.

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New York City and State Cooling Tower Laws & Tower Registration Guide

Posted by Greg Frazier on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

If you are a building owner in New York operating a cooling tower, you have probably heard all kinds of theories about the "new rules" for maintaining them. As per the new cooling tower laws that were recently passed in both New York City and New York State, cooling towers that exist in the Five Boroughs of NYC must be electronically registered with both the city and state; and with just the state for the rest of counties throughout New York. All cooling towers throughout the entire State of New York were required to be registered through their appropriate websites by no later than September 17th, 2015. There is a New York City Cooling Tower Registration Website and a New York State Cooling Tower Registration Website that have been set up for this purpose. This post will explain who is responsible for registering NY cooling towers and what information will be required now and in the future.

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The Definitive Guide to NYC's Order to Disinfect Your Cooling Towers

Posted by Greg Frazier on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 12:17 AM

On August 6th, 2015, with the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Department of Health Commissioner, Mary Bassett, MD, issued a city-wide order for all cooling tower owners/operators to clean and disinfect their cooling towers within 14 days.  Some of our clients have criticized that the ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER seems confusing or comes across as vague in some areas; others just do not know where to start in order to comply with the Commissioner’s proclamation.  Clarity Water Technologies is one of the best water treatment companies and Environmental Consultants in NYC. To help interpret the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) order, we have put together a comprehensive guide designed to help keep cooling towers owners in compliance with the City’s mandate.

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14 Days to Disinfect Cooling Towers in NYC or It's a Misdemeanor!

Posted by Greg Frazier on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 05:32 PM

Legionnaire’s Disease is a very serious matter and knowing where it comes from and how it is transmitted is a hot topic in New York City these days, especially in the South Bronx.  At this point it is national news: Bronx residents and officials are very concerned about the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that has claimed ten lives and sickened more than 100 people so far.

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