This past summer New York City experienced the worst Legionnaires? disease outbreak in its recorded history. In what is now being referred to as the NYC Legionella Outbreak of 2015, more than 130 people were sickened and 16 people tragically died. In an effort to keep the public safe, both the City and State of New York passed emergency legislation designed to regulate the operation and maintenance of cooling towers. Today, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) seeks to make those emergency provisions stronger and lasting; and will hold a public hearing to discuss and pass their newly proposed rules. The hearing will take place from 10AM to 12PM on January 4, 2016 at DOHMH headquarters in Long Island City. Once the hearing is over, the DOHMH will modify the rules based on the public?s feedback, if necessary, and then draft a final version. A copy is then published in the City Record and submitted to the City Council where it will be voted on to become law. This legislation will have an effect on the operation procedures of any building that operates a cooling, as well as the water treatment companies and environmental consulting firms that service them.
CURRENT NYC COOLING TOWER LAW TO COMBAT LEGIONELLA
To deal with the serious issue of legionella in cooling towers, on August 18th, 2015 in New York City, the City Council and Mayor de Blasio enacted Local Law 77 of 2015. Legionnaires? disease is said to have a case fatality rate of 5-30%. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there were between 8,000 and 18,000 cases of LD in the United States annually, and that more than 10% of cases are fatal. (Learn more here: What is legionella?)
Local Law 77 added a new Article 317 to Title 28 of the Administrative Code that required owners of cooling towers to register them with the Department of Buildings (DOB) by September 17, 2015. Towers must be inspected, tested, cleaned and disinfected in accordance with new Administrative Code ?17-194.1 and rules adopted by the DOB. Owners and operators of cooling towers must annually certify to the Department that their cooling towers have been inspected, tested, cleaned and disinfected and that a management and maintenance program has been developed and implemented in accordance with Administrative Code ?17-194.1 which includes maintaining a proper cooling tower water treatment program. Statewide, including in New York City, owners of all cooling towers must also comply with New York State Sanitary Code (SSC) Part 4, which includes registration with and reporting requirements to the New York State Department of Health.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROPOSED UPDATES TO TITLE 24
Today, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is proposing to add a new Chapter 8 (Cooling Towers) to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York to establish rules for maintenance of cooling towers to minimize potential contamination by Legionella bacteria to prevent outbreaks of Legionnaires? disease. This new Chapter 8 will further the work of Local Law 77, and require building owners to provide cooling tower maintenance and testing records to the NYC Department of Health.
Chapter 8?s provisions that are equivalent to the State Sanitary Code Part 4. This proposed Chapter is organized differently than the State Sanitary Code requirements; more terms are defined in this Chapter and more detailed instructions for management and maintenance are provided than those contained in SSC Part 4 to facilitate compliance with both the City and State rules and requirements.
To ratify these changes, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued their Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Amendments to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York. (You can find a link to the DOHMH Notice at the end of this post.)
According to the NYC Rules website, here are the proposed changes to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York. It adds a new Chapter 8, which includes the following sections:
8-01 Scope and applicability: applicable to all owners and operators of buildings and other premises that are equipped with cooling towers.
8-02 Definitions: to facilitate compliance with and enforcement of these rules, more terms are defined in this Chapter than in the corresponding sections of either Administrative Code or SSC Part 4.
8-03 Maintenance program and plan: the requirements of this section exceed those of SSC Part 4, including specific routine maintenance tasks; identification of persons responsible for various functions; identifying system components; and establishing a system risk management assessment to identify areas that may create problems and lead to proliferation of Legionella bacteria.
8-04 Process control measures: this section establishes requirements for routine monitoring, to be conducted at least weekly by a ?responsible person?? under the supervision ? remote or on-site -- of the ?qualified person?? identified in SSC Part 4, and for compliance inspections, to be conducted at least every 90 days, by the qualified person. It specifies standards for maintenance, cleaning, and parts replacement; and requires installation of high efficiency drift eliminators in all new and retrofitted cooling tower systems and in existing ones, where practicable.
8-05 Water treatment: this section specifies requirements for automatic treatments, use of chemicals and biocides, and monitoring water quality characteristics/parameters, and establishes a schedule for sampling for Legionella and other bacteria including requiring additional sampling when certain events occur. This section also mandates the use of certain qualified laboratories for analysis and requires reporting levels of Legionella at a certain magnitude to the Department within 24 hours of obtaining test results; and specifies corrective actions for various levels of bacteria. Although the 2014 New York City Plumbing Code Appendix C authorizes use of rainwater or recycled water as makeup water for cooling towers, it does not require disinfection for Legionella bacteria before use. These rules prohibit such use unless owners use additional control measures approved by the Department that protect against cooling tower system contamination since the Department believes that this water may not meet public health standards and may tend to support microbial growth.
8-06 System shutdown and start-up; commissioning new cooling towers: this section sets forth requirements for pre-seasonal cleaning and disinfection and for new cooling towers being placed into use.
8-07 Records: this requires the maintenance of records of all activities and that such records be made available for immediate inspection by the Department at the premises where the cooling tower is installed.
8-08 Modification: authorizes the Commissioner to modify the application of a provision of these rules where compliance imposes an undue hardship and would not otherwise be required by law, provided that the modification does not compromise public health concerns.
8-09 Penalties: establishes a schedule of penalties for initial and subsequent violations within the limits set forth in Administrative Code ?17-194.1.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PUBLIC HEARING ON COOLING TOWER LEGISLATION
The NYC DOHMH will hold a public hearing on these proposed rules. The hearing will take place from 10AM to 12PM on January 4, 2016 at:
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
42-09 28th Street, 14th Floor, Room 14-43
Long Island City, NY 11101-4132
Anyone is permitted to attend the hearing and/or comment on the proposal. The DOHMH has given the following ways to communicate public commentary:
Website: You can submit comments to the Department through the NYC rules Web site at http://rules.cityofnewyork.us
Email: You can email written comments to email@example.com
Mail: You can mail written comments to:
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Office of General Counsel
Attn: Svetlana Burdeynik
42-09 28th Street, 14th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101-4132
Fax: You can fax written comments to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at 347-396-6087.
Speaking at the hearing: Anyone who wants to comment on the proposal at the public hearing must sign up to speak. You can sign up before the hearing by calling at 347-396-6078. You can also sign up in the hearing room before or during the hearing on January 4, 2016. You can speak for up to five minutes.
GET YOUR FREE COPY OF THE FULL NOTICE
If you would like to read the full copy of the DOH?s notice, please fill out the form below for an instant link. This document fully outlines all of the sections of the newly proposed Chapter 8 including the full requirements for maintenance, operation, and ongoing water treatment of cooling towers in New York City. There is no charge for this information and it is freely available online.
FREE DOWNLOAD: Get the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene?s Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Amendments to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York here:
About Clarity Water Technologies
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Seeking water treatment solutions today means choosing among a boon of water technology advancements. There?s more demand for cutting-edge water technology now than ever before, leaving customers with a tremendous range of choice. Not all options are equal, however, in this dynamic field, where some water technology companies will peddle solutions while the answer they posit may be far from exhaustive or ideal.
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If you?re searching among water treatment solutions in Etobicoke or the surrounding areas, we at Ion Water solutions are here to help. With our chemical and engineering expertise, we can provide a comprehensive solution to your water technology problem. Before you settle for an answer based on ion resins or filters, give us a call. We offer free surveys on site and are happy to help you optimize your apparatus so that your water treatment solution is ideal for web page your site and your goals.
World leader in electrochemical technologies enhances its water and wastewater treatment portfolio by adding MIOX technologies to its product line
Milan and Albuquerque - De Nora, a global leader in electrochemical technologies and the world?s largest provider of electrodes, coatings and complete solutions for electrochemical processes, today announced it has acquired the Albuquerque-based MIOX business from Johnson Matthey for an undisclosed price.
The acquisition strengthens De Nora?s growing portfolio of water purification technologies that minimize environmental impact through improved energy efficiency, intelligent options, and chemical use reduction. De Nora?s on-site generation product offering includes electrochlorination systems using either seawater or brine for water treatment and biofouling control. The MIOX technology adds knowledge and experience in producing proprietary mixed oxidants on site for advanced applications.
Since its inception in 1994, MIOX has been a provider of reliable, cost-effective on-site generator equipment serving the municipal, industrial and oil and gas markets in the Americas, delivering a broad range of solutions to its customers.
?De Nora brings innovative electrochemical, disinfection, oxidation and filtration solutions to diverse applications around the world. Our expertise and footprint make us a leader in the electrochemical market. Now, the acquisition of MIOX expands that market reach in municipalities and industrial segments, in food and beverage, and propels our presence into cooling tower applications, adding the possibility to choose between hypochlorite and mixed oxidants productions. The MIOX technology complements De Nora?s offering with minimal overlap with our existing ClorTec products,?? said Paolo Dellach?, Group CEO of De Nora.
De Nora has been supplying electrodes to MIOX for more than 20 years. ?Our long-term relationship will support the integration of our natural synergies, reinforcing De Nora?s leading position in the on-site generation market. Merging our extensive expertise and strong IP will benefit the customers of both companies with more efficient and faster development of new products already in the R&D pipeline.?? added Paolo.
?De Nora is a natural fit for MIOX?s cutting-edge technology and its brilliant people,?? said Cem (?Gem??) Candir, MIOX President. ?MIOX has accomplished good growth in recent years especially in the United States Municipal and Industrial markets, and De Nora will enable MIOX to better serve its customers with expanded global equipment servicing capabilities.??
About De Nora
De Nora is an Italian multinational leader in sustainable technologies that offers energy saving products and water treatment solutions. Globally De Nora is the major provider of electrodes for electrochemical processes in the Chlorine & Caustic, Electronics & Surface Finishing and Renewable Energy Storage and is among the leaders in technologies and processes for the filtration and disinfection of water. It serves clients in 119 countries worldwide with 19 offices, 12 manufacturing facilities, and three research & development centers in Italy, the USA and Japan. The Group intellectual property portfolio currently contains 355 patent families with more than 3,000 territorial extensions and about 90 trademarks all over the world.
MIOX is an industry leader in electrochemical generation for water disinfection. MIOX chemical generators combine salt, water and power to generate sodium hypochlorite and Mixed Oxidant Solution on site, giving customers the freedom to produce disinfectants in the amount they need, when they need it. MIOX develops and supports a wide range of solutions, cost-effectively producing from 1 to 2,000 pounds per day of chlorine equivalent for varied applications such industrial cooling towers, water and wastewater treatment, produced water recycling, cleaning-in-place and dairy farm applications.
SOURCE: De Nora
At Ion Water Solutions, our high-end water treatment technology and solutions reduce your reliance on chemistry alone to solve both mechanical and water issues. We want to help you save money on our water treatment solutions through buybacks and rebates available through our partnership with the City of Toronto and other entities in the Greater Toronto Area.
While we can help you explore other rebate and buyback options available throughout the GTA, homepage here are three specific programs offered by the City of Toronto:
Capacity buyback program?This program encourages and rewards commercial and industrial organizations by offering a free water audit to help you identify ways to reduce water usage at your facilities. It also rewards participants that implement permanent water-saving initiatives with a singular cash rebate of up to 30 cents per litre of water saved on an average day. Additionally, this program helps participants save money on a long-term basis with reduced water bills.
Industrial water rate?Does your business use more than 6,000m3 per year? You may be eligible for a 30% reduction in your water rate. Note that eligibility constitutes devising and implementing a water conservation plan.
Sewer surcharge rebate?Your business in Toronto could be eligible for a rebate for any water used but not discharged into the sanitary sewer system. For example, this includes water used to manufacture a product or water evaporated from cooling towers. Based on the percentage of water not added to the sanitary sewer system, the rebate is applied to the sewer portion of your water rate.
Our team is standing by ready to help you discover water rebate and buyback programs your operations qualify for and to answer your questions, so you save money and water while benefitting from innovative water treatment technologies.
The best pre-treatment for water is a matter of what?s required of the water. If you?re intending to release it back into the environment, there are laws and standards to attend, and for web page other destinations or applications, water will have differing properties. The means by which you want pre-treatment applied to your water should be the best process by which the most desirable water is achieved.
Many water companies provide filters or resins for pretreatment, though this can be regarded as an incomplete approach. Any business or institution that?s going to invest in an ideal form of water pre-treatment would benefit from consulting experts to evaluate whether or not the apparatus in place is ideal. Often, they can be improved upon, as water technology is an active science.
If a water company is going to offer you pre-treatment water solutions, you would be best served by one that offers solutions that include optimizing your existing apparatus. An engineer with a background in water technology is what?s required here. If your existing apparatus proves to be ideal for the task at hand, that?s valuable information. So is knowing about the areas of opportunity in your system as explained by a seasoned professional.
If you?re in Etobicoke, Ontario, or in the surrounding areas, and you have a pre-treatment water process that requires attention, we at Ion Water Solutions can offer comprehensive assistance. With our backgrounds in chemistry and engineering, we offer holistic solutions to water technology issues so that your pre-treatment process will be ideal.