Cooling Towers

The Council must be informed of any cooling tower or evaporative condenser including adiabatic types on non-domestic premises.

The legislation

The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condenser Regulations 1992 require the notification of wet cooling towers and evaporative condensers to local authorities in whose area the equipment is situated, regardless of whether the local authority or Health and Safety (Executive) is the enforcing authority. The Regulations also require notification to the local authority of the closure of any device.

Notification summary

If you control non-domestic premises you must ensure that you notify the local authority of any cooling tower or evaporative condenser (notifiable devices) on the premises. We need to know about cooling towers because of the potential for Legionella Pneumophia bacterium (Legionellosis) to be found in many recirculators and water supply systems. Notification assists inspectors in investigating Legionella outbreaks. Notification must be in writing (including by electronic means) on the form approved by the Health & Safety Executive (see below).

You must also tell us about any changes to the notification information within one month of the change, in writing.

If the device ceases to be a notifiable device you must let us know in writing as soon as possible.

How to notify us

Please complete the Notification of Cooling Towers form (pdf) there is no charge for notification.

Complaints about cooling towers

If you think you may be ill, please seek medical advice. If there is a health and safety at work issue, please the Health and Safety Executive or us at:

Environmental Health Services
Harlow Council
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
CM20 1WG

Tel: 01279 446111