Legislation requires that all water-cooling towers and warm-water systems installed within the Bathurst Regional Council’s Local Government Area be registered with Council due to the potential health risks of Legionnaires’ Disease.
The warm water and water-cooling system registration form is to be used by businesses to register their cooling towers /warm water system or to change any registration details. NSW Health’s Code of Practice for the Control of Legionnaires’ Disease explains the legislative requirements for microbial control and outlines common and accepted practices to minimise the transmission of Legionnaires’ Disease through hazard minimisation in air handling systems, water cooling systems, hot and warm water systems and evaporative coolers.
Most water-cooling systems within the Bathurst Local Government Area are used in association with commercial air conditioning systems and factory processing equipment. Legislation requires that the operators of these types of systems follow specific operation and maintenance procedures to minimise the likelihood of Legionnaires’ Disease.
Operation and Maintenance Requirements
Council has prepared a Legionella Management Plan for all operational and maintenance requirements.
Environmental Health Officers may conduct annual audits and inspections of all registered water cooling systems to ensure that they are being properly maintained.
If you require any further information please contact Council’s Environmental Health Officers on 02 6333 6275.
NSW Health Guidelines for Legionella Control in Cooling Water Systems
The NSW Guidelines for Legionella Control in Cooling Water Systems provide guidance on the safe and effective management of cooling water systems for all stakeholders. The Guidelines provide practical guidance on the legal requirements in the Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2012.