NYC Mayor Signs New Law Regulating Cooling Towers
The mayor on New York City signed a bill into law on Tuesday regulating cooling towers around the city. The new law is a result of a Legionnaire’s outbreak that infected 124 people.
About the New York Cooling Tower Law
The Legionnaire’s outbreak occurred due to infected cooling towers that were contaminated by Legionella bacteria, which grows very rapidly in warm waters.
Reuters News Agency reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the which law regulates cooling towers and requires the building owners to inspect all cooling towers quarterly.
These inspections are to be reported to the city and if contamination is found, proper measures must be taken to disinfect the cooling towers that have dangerous levels of bacteria.
Another provision of the law requires building owners to register their cooling towers within 30 days. Failure to comply will result in a fine.
City health officials have announced that the Legionnaire’s outbreak sickened 124 people and killed 12 people across the city.
Description of Infected Cooling Towers and Remedy
All of the following information is provided by Reuters:
- Cooling towers are common on the rooftops of modern buildings and they are used for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
- The city of New York has used police helicopters and satellite imaging to fine potential outbreak areas.
- The city is working to have all of the 106 buildings in the area inspected and disinfected within the next 24 hours.
- The state is providing building managers and landlords with free Legionella testing through October, 2015.
- Officials have stressed that drinking and bathing water are safe to use throughout the city as is the use of home air conditioning units.