Cooling Towers and Warm Water Systems

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Cooling Towers and Warm Water Systems

​​​​​​What type of systems must Council know about?

All systems that are regulated under Public Health  Regulation 2012 which include:   ​

  • water cooling systems
  • hot water systems
  • warm water systems
  • air handling systems

What notification is needed?

The occupier of the part of premises where a regulated system is installed must notify the local council of the following particulars:

  • the type of system
  • the address of the premises on which the system is installed
  • the name, and the residential and business addresses, of the owner of the premises and,
  • if the operation area on the premises is occupied otherwise than by the owner, those particulars in relation to the occupier 
  • the telephone numbers at which, during business hours and after business hours, the person or persons referred to in the above point may be contacted.

These particulars must be notified to us  within one month after the person becomes the owner or occupier of the premises, or if there is an alteration of the above details by submitting a  Notification of Water-Cooling & Warm-Water Systems form.

What is exempt?

The following systems are exempt and are not required to be notifi​ed to us:

  • a regulated system (other than a water-cooling system) installed in a dwelling,
  • a warm-water system that is installed in any premises other than a hospital,
  • Note: Hospital is defined in the Act to include a nursing home,
  • a water-cooling system installed in any premises and used soley for making snow.

Policy and Guidelines

For legislation and guidelines relating to cooling towers and warm water systems please refer to the NS​W Heal​th Website for Legionella and Legionnaires Disease.​