If a cooling tower or water cooling system is no longer in operation on your site it must be decommissioned by a licensed contractor. The Office of Fair Trading licenses contractors who undertake this work.
Once removed, you should receive a decommissioning certificate which is required to be submitted to Council by posting to PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330 or emailing email@example.com, so that the water cooling system can be removed from the register of regulated systems.
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Owners or occupiers of premises with water cooling systems, and hospital warm water systems installed must notify and register with Council.
New systems can be notified to council on the notification form. This form can also be utilised if you need to update your details with Council's register. Singleton Council conducts annual inspections of all cooling towers to ensure they are meeting their legislative requirements. This inspection involves:
Council officers will review and record all information submitted in the Register of Regulated Systems and may undertake individual site inspections.
All water cooling systems can only be operated if they are equipped with a process designed to control microbial growth and only if the process is in continuous operation and certified annually.
All regulated systems are required to be equipped with an operating and maintenance manual which includes details of inspections and services performed. Manuals and records must be kept on site.
A copy of the annual certificate of disinfection along with records of services and cleaning must be submitted to Council. Please note: only a 'duly qualified' contractor can be engaged to install, operate and maintain regulated systems. The Office of Fair Trading licenses contractors who undertake this work.
Find out more on the NSW Health website about what building owners and occupiers can do for Legionnaires Disease Control. You can also access the NSW Public Health Act 2010 or the NSW Public Health Regulation 2012.