Free Download: New York City and State Legionella Laws for Cooling Towers

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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.

Before July 2015 there were no Cooling Tower or Legionella Laws of this magnitude in New York (or any other state for that matter); but after 133 citizens became sickened by the legionella bacteria and 16 of them succumbed to the resulting complications of Legionnaire’s Disease, New York City and New York State moved swiftly to pass laws with the intent of keeping future generations safe. The emergency laws and their permanent replacements have kept building owners and water treatment companies on their toes over the past year. As of the summer of 2016, we have seen the DOHMH start to hold cooling tower owner accountable to the new laws –  and in cases where they find violations –  substantial fines and penalties have been levied.

We have taken the liberty of curating the New York City and New York State Cooling Tower Laws into one document so that you can easily download them to review or as a reference document that can be combined into your New York Cooling Tower Maintenance Program and Plan (MPP).

The New York CITY Legionella Laws

The City’s requirements are found in Local Law 77 of 2015. Local Law 77 requires registration, inspection, cleaning, disinfection and testing of all New York City cooling towers. Local Law 77 also requires building owners to annually certify that they are in compliance with the law.

In order to execute Local Law 77, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) passed new rules to be added to the Rules of the City of New York; they were ratified in Chapter 8 of Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York. The rules require building owners to create routine and long-term maintenance procedures for their cooling towers and for owners to register their towers with the City. Chapter 8 of Title 24 gives specific requirements for emergency cooling tower disinfection and ongoing cooling tower water treatment. Each New York City cooling tower was required to have its own Maintenance Program and Plan in place by March 1st, 2016.

The New York STATE Legionella Laws

The State’s requirements were initially established as emergency regulations. They has since been amended and codified in New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10 –  Part 4: Protection Against Legionella (NYCRR Title 10 Part 4). The State passed its final regulations and adopted them into law on July 6th, 2016. The State’s regulations apply statewide, including in New York City. Once the law was passed each New York State Cooling Tower was required to have a Maintenance Program and Plan in place by September 1st, 2016. The New York State Legionella Law also makes provisions for sampling potable water in health care institutions, including all general hospitals and residential health care facilities.

The State and City regulations overlap in many areas.

The State’s NYCRR Title 10 Part 4: Protection Against Legionella, and the City’s Local Law 77 of 2015 and Chapter 8 (Cooling Towers) of Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York can all be found in the FREE combined download below.

The Legal Stuff

Please be aware: Clarity Water Technologies is not responsible for the accuracy or implementation of this document. This document, The New York City and State Combined Legionella Laws for Cooling Towers, is for information purposes only. By using this document in ANY way, you are hereby agreeing to fully defend, indemnify and hold harmless Clarity Water Technologies from and against any and all losses, claims, suits or other legal liability and legal expenses of any nature imposed upon or brought against them by reason of any act or omission of Clarity Water Technologies or its agents or employees that may arise in use of this document.

As always, thank you for reading!

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