To assist with the identification of premises that could give rise to outbreaks of legionella the Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992 require all cooling towers and evaporative condensers to be registered with the local authority. All records held on premises registered with the Council are also made available to the Health and Safety Executive.
Cooling towers and evaporative condensers have been associated with outbreaks of legionnaires' disease, which is a type of pneumonia. The bacteria is common in rivers and ponds, and grows rapidly between 20°C and 45°C, especially is nutrients such as sludge, algae and rust are present. They are normally spread to humans in small droplets of water.
There is no fee for the registration of cooling towers. Notifications are placed on file and the notified tower is added to the list.
Will tacit authorisation apply?
The Council cannot refuse to register a notified cooling tower.
If all relevant sections of the application form have been completed the Council aims to acknowledge registrations in writing within two weeks of receipt. If the required details have not been provided in the application form this may delay registration.