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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

 Background

The Administrative Code requires that any owner of a building that has a water tank as part of its drinking water delivery system must have the drinking water tank inspected at least once a year. The inspection must comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including provisions of the Health Code. The results from these inspections must be recorded in a manner set out by the Department’s Commissioner and maintained for at least five years.

Water for thousands of New York City buildings is kept in drinking water storage tanks. The Health Code sets out requirements for maintaining the purity and sanitary condition of the City’s drinkable water supply. The Health Code requires that these drinking water tanks be inspected annually and that the person in control of a building serviced by a drinking water storage tank keep copies of the inspection records and make them available to the Department upon request.

Building owners with drinking water tanks must report annually to the Department after the tanks have been inspected that the inspection has occurred. Annual reporting promotes building owner compliance with the inspection requirement and facilitates the Department’s ability to monitor compliance.  The Department will make data from the reports publically available. These rules specify how the recording and reporting of the drinking water tank inspection must be communicated to the Department.

New Chapter 31 will:

  • Allow for both electronic and paper-based reporting of annual drinking water tank inspection results through either an interactive online form or a printable form available on the Department’s website.
  • Set the deadline for annual drinking water tank inspection result submissions to be no later than January 15 of the following calendar year for which the inspection is due.
  • Make drinking water tank inspection documents filed with the Department available to the public.

 Statutory Authority

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is authorized to amend Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York by sections 556 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section17-194 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and section 141.07 of the New York City Health Code.  Section 556 of the Charter provides the Department jurisdiction to regulate all matters affecting health in the City of New York, and specifically to supervise and regulate the purity and public health aspects of the water supplied in the City.  Section 1043 of the Charter gives the Department rulemaking powers. Subdivision (b) of section17-194 of the Administrative Code authorizes rulemaking by the Commissioner of the Department with regard to annual drinking water tank inspection recording. Subdivision (b) of section141.07 of the Health Code requires the Department to collect reports of such inspections in accordance with its Rules.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

 

Background

The Administrative Code requires that any owner of a building that has a water tank as part of its drinking water delivery system must have the water tank inspected at least once a year. The inspection must comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including provisions of the Health Code. The results from these inspections must be recorded in a manner set out by the Department’s Commissioner and maintained for at least five years.

 

Water for thousands of New York City buildings is kept in water storage tanks. The Health Code sets out requirements for maintaining the purity and sanitary condition of the City’s drinkable water supply. The Health Code 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 Department upon request.

 

Building owners with water tanks must report annually to the Department after the tanks have been inspected that the inspection has occurred. Annual reporting promotes building owner compliance with the inspection requirement and facilitates the Department’s ability to monitor compliance.  The Department will make data from the reports publically available.  These proposed rules specify how the recording and reporting of the water tank inspection must be communicated to the Department.

 

Proposed Changes

The following proposed rules will:

·        Allow for both electronic and paper-based reporting of annual water tank inspection results through either an interactive online form or a printable form available on the Department’s website.

·        Set the deadline for annual water tank inspection result submissions to be no later than January 15 of the following calendar year for which the inspection is due.

·        Provide that water tank inspection documents filed with the Department will be available to the public.

 

Statutory Authority

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to amend Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York as it is authorized to do by sections 556 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section17-194 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and section 141.07 of the New York City Health Code.  Section 556 of the Charter provides the Department jurisdiction to regulate all matters affecting health in the City of New York, and specifically to supervise and regulate the purity and public health aspects of the water supplied in the City.  Section 1043 of the Charter gives the Department rulemaking powers. Subdivision (b) of section17-194 of the Administrative Code authorizes rulemaking by the Commissioner of the Department with regard to annual water tank inspection recording. Subdivision (b) of section141.07 of the Health Code requires the Department to collect reports of such inspections in accordance with its Rules.

 

 

Subject: 

Proposed resolution to add new Chapter 31 (Water Tank Inspections) to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York. The new Water Tank Inspections chapter will provide rules for the manner and timeframe that building owners or their agents must report the results of their annual inspections of drinking water tanks.

Location: 
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street 14th Floor, Room 14-31
Queens, NY 11101
Contact: 

Svetlana Burdeynik at (347) 396-6078 or resolutioncomments@health.nyc.gov

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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

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.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, April 21, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

Article 141 of the New York City Health Code (the “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 proposed amendment would require building owners to document annually with the Department that their drinking water 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 Department would be authorized to indicate by rule the manner and form in which building owners would submit such documentation.

 

This amendment requires owners of buildings with water tanks to report annually to the Department on the fact that the tanks have been inspected as required by the Health Code. The amendment authorizes the Department to issue rules dictating the manner and form of these reports. Requiring annual reporting would promote building owner compliance with the inspection mandate and facilitate the Department’s ability to monitor compliance.  Data from these reports submitted to the Department will be made publically available

Subject: 

Proposed resolution to amend Article 141 of the Health Code to require building owners to demonstrate that the annual inspections of drinking water tanks as mandated by the New York City Health Code and the Administrative Code of the City of New York have been completed, and to authorize the Department to publish rules dictating the manner and form for submitting that documentation.

Location: 
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street 3rd Floor, Room 3-32
Queens, NY 11101
Contact: 

Svetlana Burdeynik at (347) 396-6078 or resolutioncomments@health.nyc.gov
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Gotham Center, 42-09 28th Street, CN 31
Long Island City, NY 11101-4132

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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

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Effective Date: 
Fri, 10/21/2011

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Proposed Rules Content: 

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