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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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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Legionella Remediation Expert Pete Stempkowski Speaks to NBC News

Posted by Greg Frazier on Wed, Aug 05, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

Check out Clarity Water Technologies’ partner Pete Stempkowski on NBC News 4! Pete was recently interviewed by Sheldon Dutes of NBC 4 New York News Team as a Legionella Remediation Expert in New York City’s ongoing story about the Legionnaires’ outbreak in the South Bronx.  At this time, the outbreak has taken the lives of seven people and has sickened more than 85 residents living in the High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven sections of the South Bronx.

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Water Treatment Company Wisdom: Bioslime in a Cooling Tower is Bad

Posted by Greg Frazier on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

Cooling towers are notorious for growing things; especially microscopic things… They are warm and moist. They have areas that get a lot of sunlight and other areas that kept fairly dark. Whether it's algae or bacteria, it's no wonder that cooling towers provide the perfect environment for all kinds of little organisms to proliferate. In fact, an improperly treated cooling tower can act like a giant Petri dish.

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ASHRAE Standard 188 is Approved: Here is What You Need to Know!

Posted by Greg Frazier on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 06:29 PM

It’s official! ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 is finally here!  Many industry professionals in the property management, facilities management, healthcare, senior care and building operations industries have been waiting a long time for the release of ASHRAE Standard 188 and we can all finally download our copies today! Publication of Standard 188 coincides with ASHRAE’s Annual Conference taking place in Atlanta GA from June 27-July 1, 2015.

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ASHRAE Standard 188 May Change the Way You Think About Legionella and Water Treatment

Posted by Greg Frazier on Sat, Feb 21, 2015 @ 10:25 AM

Recent events in New York City have once again brought Legionnaires Disease onto the radar for many facilities throughout the Northeast.  The latest Legionellosis outbreak reported in NYC has been allegedly linked back to an infected cooling tower in the Bronx.  It has been reported that the facility in question is now under the watchful eye of the New York City Health Department.  Legionella in a cooling tower is a serious issue because of how a cooling tower operates; not only does the bacteria thrive in an under-treated environment, but the the tower mechanism itself acts as the perfect way to dispurse the bacteria in water droplets into the atmosphere.  As you can imagine, attorneys have already threatened to bring suit, and facility managers across the New Your City are re-thinking their protocols for dealing with legionella. Many building owners are trying to figure out if they have the best water treatment company in New York working for them.  There is a very good chance that there were steps that could have been followed that would have prevented this unfortunate event; and if the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) get their way, there soon will be.

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