Drinking Water (Article 141) - water tank inspection reports

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Monday, July 21, 2014
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Statement of Basis and Purpose


Article 141 of the New York City Health Code concerns the maintenance of the purity and sanitary condition of the City’s potable water supply. Water for thousands of New York City buildings is kept in water storage tanks. Health Code section 141.07 (“Building Drinking Water Storage Tanks”) requires that these tanks be inspected annually and that the person in control of a building serviced by a water storage tank keep copies of the inspection records and make them available to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (the “Department”) upon request.


This amendment requires owners of buildings with water tanks to report annually to the Department the fact that the tanks have been inspected as required by section 141.07 of the Health Code and section 17-194 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York. The amendment authorizes the Department to issue rules dictating the manner and form of these reports. Requiring annual reporting promotes building owner compliance with the inspection mandate and facilitates the Department’s ability to monitor compliance.  Data from these reports submitted to the Department will be made publically available.


The amendment is as follows:


“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.