On August 7th, 2015 the Health Department made mandatory the inspection of all New York City cooling towers within 14 days. The inspection is the result of the recent outbreak of Legionnaires Disease pinpointed to bacteria found in cooling towers. In the last month alone, Legionnaires’ Disease has claimed 10 lives and hospitalized 100, all in the South Bronx.
The order applies to “all persons who own, manage or otherwise control buildings with water-recirculating cooling towers within the city of New York.”
Respondents are required to have an environmental consultant inspect the cooling tower. (more...)