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Revolutionary Antimicrobial Cooling Towers Installed in NYC

Mar 16, 2019 | News

In light of the rise in Legionnaires’ disease cases in recent years – see our blog post about the trend here – some NYC institutions and facilities are taking strong measures to prevent further cases from occurring. Every year, researchers make great strides in the prevention of legionella-related illnesses. With the aid of such researchers, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), NYC Health + Hospitals, and The LiRo Group have teamed together to install one of the first antimicrobial cooling towers in New York City, as reported by the New York Real Estate Journal. As a leading provider of water treatment services in the greater NYC metro area, Tower Water follows such developments with great excitement and interest.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln has established a reputation as one of the most well-equipped and staffed trauma centers in the U.S. It also ranks as one of the busiest Acute Care Level 1 Trauma Centers in the entire northeast region. As a leader in the healthcare industry, the institution undertook this cooling tower project to better protect the health of its many patients and employees.

Besides their antimicrobial features, the $11.5 million project also incorporates numerous energy-efficient features that likewise improve upon previous cooling tower designs. With the utilization of green technology and corrosion resistant materials, the towers will likely save the facility a great amount of expense.

The internal walls of each tower are coated in a specially-formulated antimicrobial resin. Traditionally, water cooling towers may host potentially harmful biofilm, bacteria, and other microorganisms that can infect or otherwise negatively affect the health of people exposed to the water they supply. Legionella, one of the most infamous kinds of bacteria known to proliferate in neglected or otherwise improperly maintained cooling towers, can cause a range of serious illnesses, like Legionnaires’ disease, a form of atypical pneumonia.

The construction of these revolutionary cooling towers marks great strides in the effort to safeguard public health. However, laws and regulations like Local Law 77 are still necessary to ensure that cooling towers throughout the city are inspected, tested, cleaned, and disinfected. Tower Water frequently helps building owners with regulations like Local Law 77 with its expert water treatment services. To learn more, call us today at (800) 669-9636 or contact us online!

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