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Cooling Tower Regulations

Cooling Tower Regulations


In August 2015, Governor Cuomo issued an emergency health regulation requiring all owners of cooling towers to register with the New York State Department of Health, to inspect the cooling towers and to obtain bacteriological samples from the towers for culture testing. Depending on test results, appropriate action must be taken.

All cooling tower owners must use a statewide electronic system to register and report actions required by the new regulations, through the following website:

Additionally, any owner of a cooling tower must develop and implement maintenance and sampling plan by March 1, 2016. Owners must maintain a copy of the plan and all maintenance records on the premises where the cooling tower is located. These documents must be reported annually to the New York State Department of Health.

The Emergency Legionella Regulations can be found here:

Building owners who need assistance with registration of cooling towers may call New York State at 518-402-7650.