April 14, 2016. New York State has published its proposed Legionella regulations. The proposed regulations will now be subject to public review and comment. Once finalized, the new regulations will supersede the State’s Emergency  Legionella regulations issued August 17, 2015. A copy of the State’s proposed Legionella regulations is available by clicking here: NYSDOH April 14, 2016.

April 7, 2016.   New York City Legionella rule for cooling towers has been finalized. This legislation now has the force of law and is required for all cooling towers in New York City, regardless of the type of facility. A copy of the City’s Legionella rule is available by clicking here: NYCDOHMH April 7, 2016.

August 24, 2015.  New York State requires registration of all cooling towers.  Cooling towers in New York State must be registered. Online registration is available by clicking here: NYSDOH Website.

August 20, 2015.  New York City requires disinfection and registration of all cooling towers.  Facility managers and property owners in New York City are now required to disinfect all cooling towers before Aug. 27, 2015. Cooling towers must be registered with the Department of Buildings (DOB) by September 17, 2015. Online registration is available by clicking here: DOB Website.

August 17, 2015.  New York State issues emergency regulations. New York State passed emergency regulations in order to prevent Legionnaires' disease associated with cooling towers. A copy of the emergency regulations is available by clicking here: NYS Emergency Regulations.

August 14, 2015.  CDC identifies plumbing systems as the predominant source of Legionnaires' disease. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a CDC publication, attributes most reported cases of Legionnaires' disease to Legionella-contaminated plumbing, representing a far greater percentage of cases than are attributable to cooling towers. Other sources include hot tubs and decorative fountains.

June 26, 2015.  ASHRAE publishes Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems.   Long awaited guidance on prevention of Legionnaires' disease is now available in a new ANSI standard from ASHRAE. The document establishes minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems. [more...]