Preventing Legionellosis
Preventing Legionellosis has risen on the priority list of Building Owners and Managers due to heightened awareness and unfolding regulations in parts of the US. Taking proactive steps to ensure water system safety involves effective planning, development of/adherence to a water management plan, and specific testing for the organism. While it is estimated that there are over 50 species and 70 serogroups of Legionella, community-acquired Legionnaire’s Disease is dominated by Legionella pneumophila, serogroup 1. Therefore,... Read More »
What is a Boiler (ECB) Violation and Why Did I Get One?
An ECB (The Environmental Control Board) violation is issued by the Department of Buildings when a property does not comply with a part of the New York City Construction Codes and or Zoning Resolution.” These violations are received via an inspector visiting your site and writing up any violating conditions in regards to the boiler room and the boiler(s) themselves. Unlike Annual boiler inspections, where all it takes to receive the violation is the city... Read More »
Is Your Cooling Tower Compliant for 2017?
In NYC, Local Law 77 requires two cooling tower cleanings to be completed each year by November 1st.  The 2nd tower cleaning can be completed at any time during the year, so there is no need to delay scheduling the cleaning until you are ready to shut down. Delaying scheduling of the 2nd tower cleaning can only lead to potential fines.  If it gets too cold workers will not be able to clean the tower,... Read More »
Congratulations to John Calorits!
Please Join us in Congratulating The Metro Group’s Director of Technology, John Calorits, CWT (Certfied Water Technologist), for being selected as the Chair of the Cooling Water Committee for the AWT (Association of Water Technologies)!      In addition to Chairing the Cooling Water Committee, John is also a member of the Association’s, “Legionella Task Force”; a select group of nationally recognized experts and thought-leaders on the topic of Legionella in Water Systems who work at... Read More »
Water Hygiene
Preventing Legionellosis has risen on the priority list of Building Owners and Managers due to heightened awareness and unfolding regulations in parts of the US.  Taking proactive steps to ensure water system safety involves effective planning, development of/adherence to a water management plan, and specific testing for the organism.  While it is estimated that there are over 50 species and 70 serogroups of Legionella, community-acquired Legionnaire’s Disease is dominated by Legionella pneumophila, serogroup 1.  Therefore,... Read More »
Is Your Cooling Tower Compliant for 2017?
In NYC, Local Law 77 requires two cooling tower cleanings to be completed each year by November 1st.  The 2nd tower cleaning can be completed at any time during the year, so there is no need to delay scheduling the cleaning until you are ready to shut down. Delaying scheduling of the 2nd tower cleaning can only lead to potential fines.  If it gets too cold workers will not be able to clean the tower,... Read More »
Why do you need to test for Legionella?
Water Hygiene is the responsibility of Building Owners, Property Managers and Maintenance Departments to reduce the risk of Legionella in any water system with the potential for human contact. The recently ratified ASHRAE 188 standard establishes the minimum requirements for a buildings risk management plan. These practices have already made their way in to legislation and guidelines. New York became the first State to pass laws requiring that building owners and healthcare facilities develop a... Read More »