Commercial and residential properties in New York are required by local law 77 and Title 24 to protect their facilities against legionella in relation to their cooling tower system. New York City is the first U.S. municipality to adopt a set of requirements to ensure cooling tower maintenance. This entails instructing the facility to designate and qualify a responsible owner to enact proper testing. As well as the development of a water management plan, routine testing, and validation confirming that the system is being watched properly and following ASHRAE 188 and 12-2000 standards and procedures. All other water systems are part of ASHRAE 188 but not yet subject to this law and legionella compliance. Legionella compliance for commercial buildings helps to keep legionella out of the water and ensures a safe working environment for all.
Critical Cooling/Data Centers
If your systems are located within the limits of New York State, you will be subject to the same requirements as commercial & residential properties. If the critical cooling systems fall within the five boroughs of New York City, then increased regulations apply as well. New York City’s cooling tower law is the most protective law of its kind. It requires owners to test their cooling towers for Legionella bacteria on a quarterly basis and report laboratory results to the Department Of Health and Hygiene when bacteria rates are high. As well as conducting cleaning and disinfection within 48 hours if high levels of bacteria are found. Data centers are even more difficult to adhere to these regulations due to the redundant nature of these types of systems.
Legionella Testing And Remediation For Commercial Industries In New York City
New York City and New York State are widely known for their strictly regulated legionella testing and inspection processes. Many of these were developed in response to multiple legionella outbreaks in the Bronx in 2015 and as recently as 2018. As a result of these outbreaks, the city and state strictly enforce inspection and testing for legionella bacteria in cooling towers throughout New York City. Proper commercial cooling tower, legionella testing, and development of mandated maintenance plans can only be produced by a qualified professional. Tower Water is the only compliance and independent legionella testing company in New York City.
Protecting Your Business From Legionella In New York City
Maintaining strict cooling tower compliance protects not only your occupants but also your business. This includes implementing a New York State and City mandated preventive maintenance plan for your cooling tower and domestic water systems. By enacting a preventive plan you are proactively preventing that a legionella outbreak will not take place in your commercial building waters system. By taking proper care and maintenance can take the risk of legionella infection away from your commercial building entirely.
Contact Tower Water To Form A Custom Plan
Commercial spaces differ significantly from residential spaces and we understand that at Tower Water. Contact Tower Water to develop a custom testing, treatment, and maintenance plan for your commercial water systems. At TW we are dedicated to legionella compliance in the tri-state area and we do what is best to protect you from any risk and liability of a legionella outbreak.
We offer legionella compliance services for commercial buildings that fit your unique needs and help to mitigate legionella risk. Reach out to us by phone at (212) 729-9361 or visit our office located at 1460 Broadway New York, NY 10036. You can also schedule a consultation online. We look forward to hearing from you!