Cooling Tower Disease Prevention
In addition to corrosion, deposit, and general fouling prevention, responsible cooling water treatment must now also involve disease prevention.  An increasingly important tool for augmenting the chemical water treatment program is filtration.  While cooling water filters come in many designs, a properly selected filter offers two primary benefits: Particulate Removal – Suspended solids that are not properly dispersed and removed from recirculating water through normal treatment and bleed-off, can provide nutrient sources which encourage microbial... Read More »
Understanding a Cooling Tower MPP Series: Part 5
Corrective Action As part of an MPP it is required to denote how corrective action will be carried out as per DOH requirements shown in tables 8-1 and 8-2 of RCNY Chapter 8. The following items are categories that need to be monitored and have corrective action taken if necessary. Bacteria dip slides that come back with a result greater than 10,000 cfu will require a corrective action which varies based on the level of... Read More »
Understanding A Cooling Tower MPP Series: Part 4
Part 4. Control Measures For the next segment of our understanding an MPP series we highlight the control measures section. This requirement has multiple components that include but are not limited to the following: Checklists for routine monitoring (3x weekly water quality testing and 1x weekly visual inspection) Checklists for the mechanical maintenance requirements A table that denotes the different water treatment program items and their frequency, what team members responsibility it falls on, and... Read More »
Corrosion and Bacterial Problems in Off-line Chillers
Many large commercial and healthcare facilities are designed with multiple chillers that get their condenser water from a single large tower water system. During the summer months, when the comfort cooling demand is high, there is a regular flow of tower water through all of the chillers. The tower system is treated with a corrosion inhibitor, an oxidizing biocide and a non-oxidizing biocide that are designed to control corrosion and bacterial growth in the system.... Read More »
Complimentary Webinar on Legionella & Water Management – Real Word Experience for Building Water Management Plan’s – Presented by The Metro Group
The Metro Group is proud to present a free webinar training on the Do’s and Don’ts of putting together a Water Management Plan to reduce the risk of Legionella in facility water systems based on the real world experience of Metro’s water treatment professionals. This seminar has been designed for the building personnel responsible for creating and implementing plans; Facility Managers, Maintenance, Infection Control, EHS & Engineering. The Metro Group has extensive experience creating &... Read More »
What is a Load Letter and Why Is It Important?
When a Building decides that they want to convert their oil burning boiler to one fired on natural gas, one of the first steps in the project is to complete and submit a gas “Load Letter” to Con Edison. This Load Letter can be submitted by either authorized personnel for the building or agents engaged to work on the building’s behalf such as an engineer or contractor. The Load Letter lists and describes the existing gas burning... Read More »
Preventing Seasonal Water System Damage
Winter is fast approaching. It is a well-documented, but often misunderstood fact that water system damage can and does occur when systems are NOT IN OPERATION.  The default belief is that problems only need to be controlled while a system is under flow and transferring heat.  Not true.  Some would argue that PM treatment is easy while things are flowing.  However, the water treatment professional should worry equally as much about what might happen in... Read More »
Understanding a Cooling Tower MPP Series: Part 3
Part 3. Risk Assessment The next section required to be included in preparation of a management program and plan is the risk assessment. Naturally, this is one of the most important components of the plan as it will segregate and identify a number of factors specific to the site that will dictate risk management, and minimize risk of legionella. As required by RCNY chapter 8 the risk assessment must evaluate the following data: Any dead... Read More »
Point of Entry
Once the Ruling to move forward with a natural gas conversion is received, a” POE” or “Point of Entry” appointment needs to be requested.  The POE is that location where Con Edison, or some other Natural Gas Utility, and the contractor, determine that the new gas service will enter the building.  Multiple factors need to be evaluated to select an optimal POE location. Therefore, upon request of a POE appointment, an on-site meeting is scheduled... Read More »
Understanding A Cooling Tower MPP Series: Part 2
Part 2. System Identification As part of the requirements when compiling a management program and plan, the Department of Health asks that a qualified person includes a system identification section. This portion of an MPP is supposed to include the following: 1.The number of cooling towers in the cooling tower system 2.The location of each cooling tower in relation to the building and the building address, block and lot number. 3.The Dimensions and characteristics of... Read More »
Water Treatment Firms
When selecting a water treatment firm to work with, customers often wonder which base criteria will make the most difference. All things considered, many have found that selecting a member firm from the Association of Water Technologies is a great place to start (www.awt.org). Next, from within the AWT, look further to firms who have employees on staff that have achieved the important CWT distinction. The Certified Water Technologist (CWT) has undergone the industry’s most... Read More »
Understanding a Cooling Tower MPP Series: Part 1
Part 1. Team Members and Their Responsibilities As part of creation of a management program and plan it is crucial to lay out the different members that will be involved with the servicing and management of the cooling tower, and assign responsibilities as necessary. Typical categories of team members fall under these roles: 1. Owner – The owner of the cooling tower equipment. 2. Owners Representative – Typically responsible for NYC & NYS Compliance Registration/Uploads.... Read More »
Saving Money on your Facilities Water Bill
Many Pubic Water/Wastewater Providers offer “sewer abatement programs”. These programs are typically for irrigation, humidification, and cooling tower systems. The reason these programs are offered is because these systems create little or no waste stream. “Why pay a sewer charge when you are not putting anything into the sewer”. In the case of irrigation systems and humidification boilers, you will be required to install one dedicated water meter for each system. You will be charged... Read More »
Propylene Glycol
Propylene glycol is being specified on a more frequent basis to support freeze protection and heat transfer in the HVAC universe. There are many brands and what seems like a plethora of options available. Therefore, there is much confusion in the market as some glycols may even be offered on a simple commodity basis. Smart consumers will recognize the subtle differences. Suppliers of glycol can be differentiated by considering several key factors. First, flexibility in... 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 »
Does my Healthcare Facilities Accreditation require Legionella Testing?
Auditors with Healthcare Accreditation agencies such as The Joint Commission (JCAHO) will be looking for Water Management Plan documents as of June 2017. The CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), with the issuance of S&C 17-30, requires that all Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals and Long-Term Care facilities implement a water management program that includes control measures and environmental testing to reduce the risk of Legionella in any water system with the potential for human... Read More »
Green Buildings – Green Industries
Much information has been put forth concerning the need for green, sustainable technologies to protect our planet and our indoor/outdoor environments. Unfortunately, when it comes to a conversation about chemical water treatment for HVAC and Industrial systems, some have suggested that since ‘chemicals’ are employed, the industry cannot possibly be Green. This sentiment cannot be further from the truth. In fact, the Water Treatment industry is at the very foundation of Green. Building managers, Plant... Read More »
Annual Boiler Inspection
When it comes to your annual boiler inspections, the city allows clients to submit inspection results on any given day of the calendar year (as long as submitted within 30 days of the inspection date). Upon completing the annual boiler inspection, the average companies file the results to the city regardless of what they report. This can be problematic for the client as the client would then be on the clock to resolve any defects... Read More »
Guaranteed Fine For Your Building
If you own, or manage a building that owns and operates a cooling tower you already know; NYC is looking fine you for even the smallest deviation from Local Law 77. One aspect of the law that you may not be aware of is that your annual cooling tower certification document must be uploaded to the Department of Buildings (DOB) website. Most operators think that having their certification on site, or uploading it to the... Read More »
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 »