Cooling Tower Safety

Our January Managers Seminar focused on Cooling Tower Maintenance and Regulations, reminding all our property managers what City Regulations govern this important area of safety. After a deadly outbreak of “Legionnaire’s Disease” in the Bronx a few years ago, NYC implemented strict requirements for the annual inspection, cleaning and reporting for all the cooling towers in the City.

Cooling towers, which can be seen atop most buildings in the City, function as part of the heating, ventilation and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system, acting to “cool” the system. Because these towers hold water, they can potentially create an environment where bacteria can grow. While situations like the Legionella outbreaks are rare, they can be extremely dangerous, and thus must be prevented through vigilance and regular preventive treatment.

To meet these requirements, all properties must hire a qualified company to clean and inspect their cooling towers each year, and must file a Maintenance Program and Plan (MPP) annually with the City’s Department of Buildings. Failure to do so may result in considerable fines.

At DEPM, we keep our managers up to date continuously to ensure that all the properties we manage are maintained safely and meet all NYC housing requirements. Not only does this address the health of all residents, but it helps to avoid any fines and penalties for failure to comply with safety regulations.


David and Mark Drozdov of Creative Environment Solutions spoke to DEPM managers about ensuring the safety of cooling towers at their properties.



Energy-Saving Tips from Con Ed

Con Edison offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs for savings. The company is offering $25 to residential customers who buy an ENERGY STAR® room air conditioner between May 20 and Aug. 30. ENERGY STAR® air conditioners use at least 10 percent less electricity than other models.

Rebates are limited to two per account holder. Find the application here: To learn about other energy efficiency incentives, visit Con Edison’s Green Team at, or call 1-877-870-6118.

To prepare for the hot summer, Con Edison has also invested $1.2 billion this year to upgrade its electric delivery system and enhance reliability.

Con Edison offers the following money-saving conservation tips:

1.     Turn off air conditioners, lights and other appliances when not at home and use a timer to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home;

2.     Keep air conditioner filters clean for peak efficiency;

3.     Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent;

4.     If you have a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not being used; if you have central air, block the vents in unused or vacant rooms;

5.     To reduce heat and moisture in your apartment or home, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler outside. Use a microwave to cook, or barbecue outside, if possible;

6.     Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Simply drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat in your apartment or home;

7.     Try using fans instead of air conditioners, but leave your windows open for ventilation.  Fans use as little as one-tenth the energy as air conditioners.

Customers can report outages, and check service restoration status at or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available. Customers can also follow @ConEdison or like us on Facebook at Con Edison for general outage updates, safety tips and storm preparation information.

Find out how to get a $25 rebate on a new air conditioner at

Find out how to get a $25 rebate on a new air conditioner at