If you are the owner or operator of a cooling tower that is no longer in use, then you may need to decommission it to comply with local and state laws and ensure the optimal safety of your employees and the general public. Understanding what cooling tower decommissioning is and how the process works can help you decide if it is necessary or beneficial for your business.
What is the Decommissioning of a Cooling Tower?
Decommissioning of a cooling tower refers to the process of deactivating and partially dismantling a cooling tower that is no longer in use. Decommissioning is often required by New York City and State laws to ensure when the tower turned off and drained for an undetermined amount of time for optimal safety. Tower Water proves businesses are in compliance with all laws and are able to document their decommissioned defunct cooling towers properly.
What Process is Used When Decommissioning a Cooling Tower?
The process for decommissioning a cooling tower depends on the specific details of how the tower is constructed, what equipment is involved, and how the water and plumbing system is connected. The process typically involves draining the cooling tower system, removing equipment, disconnecting the power and water supply, and removing the system components.
Drain The Cooling Tower System
Decommissioning typically starts with draining the cooling tower system. The water is checked for cleanliness and is disinfected if necessary before being drained into a nearby sewer. This process is done by the book and in accordance with any advice from local water authorities.
Removal of Old Equipment
Some components of the cooling tower likely require disconnection and removal. This includes all chemical dosing tanks. If not removed, this could cause issues such as legionella. It also requires professional removal to ensure that all local decommissioning and legionella-related laws and regulations are followed.
Disconnect The Power and Water Supply
It is essential that the power and water supply is disconnected when decommissioning a cooling tower. This prevents potential hazardous situations and prevents contaminated water from finding its way into nearby areas. Tower Water understands the New York City and State requirements for disconnecting power and water supply responsibly.
Remove The Tower and System Components
Lastly, the cooling tower make up must be deemed unusable or removed safely. Depending on the area, you may need to also place a sign that indicates that the area was decommissioned and should not be reactivated.
The Benefits of Cooling Tower Decommissioning
Health and safety are the primary benefits of decommissioning your defunct cooling towers. Decommissioning properly also proves you are in compliance with all state and local legionella management laws. It is often financially advantageous to decommission as well as it can prevent the need for building expenses and fines.
Speak with a Professional Today to Learn More
If one or more of your cooling towers are out of commission, call us today to have them decommissioned properly and in compliance with New York regulations. Our experienced team can answer your questions in advance and help you determine if cooling tower decommissioning is necessary. Reach out to us by phone at (212) 729-9361 or schedule a consultation online to inquire about services.