Cooling tower fines are steep, but they pale in comparison to the cost paid by those found responsible for Legionnaire’s clusters or outbreaks.
New York City (NYC) has some of the most comprehensive cooling tower regulations in the nation. The rules are strictly enforced and violators are severely punished. After NYC’s worst outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in 2015, Local Law 77 (LL77) was put into place to help protect the public – particularly the most vulnerable populations like the elderly and those in poor health.
Despite these strict regulations and their importance to public health, cooling towers in the NYC area are still being found contaminated with legionella bacteria on a regular basis. This is a major concern for building owners around the city who already spend a fortune complying with regulations, because there are even greater costs that come with contaminated cooling towers.
The True Cost of Legionella Growth and a Cooling Tower Violation
LL77 comes with a laundry list of potential fines for cooling towers not in compliance with the law. Cooling tower fines are severe, they double after the first offense and they tend to come in bunches. One part of a cooling tower in non-compliance will likely result in several fines, not just one.
But the true cost of cooling tower violations and legionella growth is far greater. Due to the severity of the 2015 outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease, smaller Legionnaire’s clusters in NYC are big news.
If your cooling tower is identified as a potential source, it’s not just the possible $25,000 in fines you’ll have to pay. You’ll also pay by having your business’s name dragged around the news cycle for weeks.
It won’t matter to viewers and neighborhood residents if you were doing everything you could to be in compliance – it will only matter that you did not do enough. Your business will be seen by the local community and the broader NYC area as poorly run and unsafe.
This can be especially harmful for health clubs, gyms, apartment buildings and retailers. These businesses are expected to provide healthy and safe experiences for customers, and the blow to their brand may never recover.
To learn more on this subject, continue reading about NYC cooling tower violations and compliance.