DOH Order on Bronx Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak

On August 6, 2015 the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health issued an Order with respect to the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in the Bronx. The Order will be mailed to each property that the City of New York has identified as having a cooling tower.

The Order requires that all persons who own, manage or otherwise control buildings with water-recirculating cooling towers within the City of New York must:

  • Obtain the services of an environmental consultant with demonstrated experience performing disinfection in accordance with current standard industry protocols;
  • Under supervision of the environmental consultant, evaluate the cooling tower and associated equipment for the presence of organic material, biofilm, algae and other visible contaminants;
  • Regardless of the outcome of the evaluation, disinfect/treat the cooling tower and associated equipment in a manner sufficient to control for the presence of Legionella organisms within 14 days of receipt of the letter unless an identical assessment and disinfection procedure has been conducted within the past 30 days; and
  • Maintain records and make available to the city upon request

More information can be found on the City’s Department of Health website.

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