Owners of buildings with cooling towers in New York are now required to develop a maintenance plan to prevent Legionella bacteria growth. The bill with this requirement was signed into law by the mayor of New York City in August also requires owners to:
Register cooling towers with the Department of Buildings
Inspect and test them on a quarterly basis
Clean and disinfect cooling towers if any test comes back positive for microbes, such as the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease
Notify Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) if any test comes back positive for microbes
These new regulations are now required in light of the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx earlier this summer.
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