New York Building Owners Use Raphael™ To Stay In Compliance

Recent outbreaks and the prevalence of Legionella bacteria in cooling towers has led the New York State (NYS) Department of Health to enact emergency regulations for all cooling tower owners statewide. These new regulations have established critical deadlines and guidance to protect the public from further exposure to the bacteria.

If you own or operate a cooling tower in New York City, hopefully you are past the point of asking the question: What is legionella?  You should already be aware that you had to have your Cooling Tower Maintenance Plan on-site as of March 1st, 2016. You may not be aware that, as of April 7th, 2016, New York City has adopted a new Chapter 8 to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York and it gives very specific requirements that you need to fulfill in order to comply with Local Law 77 of 2015. The new Chapter 8 (Cooling Towers) has an Effective Date of May 9th, 2016 and the penalties for non-compliance are significant. Raphael™ can help you come into compliance with these regulations.

The minimum water quality parameters that your team must test for are pH, temperature, conductivity and biocide residual. These test results must be kept in an ongoing log book that is kept on-site and should be made part of your Cooling Tower Maintenance Program and Plan. Many property managers and building owners are concerned about someone on their staff conducting these manual tests properly; but in reality, there is little cause for alarm.

Raphael’s™ unique plug-and-play capabilities allow for you to select the parameters that you need to monitor. With various sensors and configurations available cyber secure monitoring is only a click away. Each Raphael™ comes with 1-year of Two-Way Cyber Secure GPSR/GSM/CDMA Data Transmission & Encryption, Embedded GPS for Time/Location, Cloud Data Storage & Web-Based Data Software. 

Rather than sending technicians to periodically test water quality in your cooling tower, Raphael™ streams the data to you in real-time. Raphael™ transmits the data to our secure cloud server via global GSM cellular. You are then able to access it, in real time, from any computer with an internet connection. Our sophisticated cloud based software allows you to easily view, and analyze, data and graphs from multiple sensors and locations simultaneously. You see data, changes and problems as they happen, rather than after the fact. All data is highly encrypted so that only you will be able to access it. If required, the system will also send you SMS or E-mail alerts when a threshold is crossed. 

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