Albany County Health Advisory: State Regulations for Registration and Testing of Cooling Towers Now Online

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen today announced that Albany County is working with the New York State Department of Health to ensure that building owners comply with emergency regulations adopted by the state on August 17 to prevent the spread of Legionnaires’ disease.

The statewide regulations require registration, testing, inspection, and certification of cooling towers and processes for each of these requirements. Building owners must use the electronic system to register and to report actions required by the regulations. The regulations now require all cooling towers, which are used for heating and cooling systems in buildings, to be registered with the state within 30 days of August 17 and collect samples within the same time period.

More information on the regulations, how owners can register a cooling tower online and contact information regarding the process can be found at