Definition : Water cooling tower

Water cooling system designed to reduce the heat that emanates from the capacitors of the refrigeration units. Water cooling towers are usually located on the roof. Water vapors droplets, which  escape from this type of system in the form of  aerosols, can contain legionella bacteria and expose people to contamination. In divided co-ownership, this element is generally referred to as a common portion by the declaration of co-ownership. It is therefore up to the  syndicate of co-owners to maintain and conserve it.

 WARNING ! Under the Building Chapter of the Safety Code, a water cooling tower is subject to maintenance requirements and various checks. In particular, the union must keep a register, file an annual declaration with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec within the prescribed deadlines, take samples and analyze samples, according to certain terms and intervals. A maintenance program must also be drawn up and signed by one or more members of a professional order and reviewed by them every five years.

Related articles


The Civil Code of Québec confers juridical personality on the community of co-owners. Article 1039 of the Civil Code of Quebec provides that as soon as the declaration of co-ownership is published, the community of co-owners constitutes a legal person called a syndicate of co-owners. Those duties and obligations are mainly aimed to ensure the preservation of the immovable, the administration of the common portions and the protection of the rights affecting the immovable or co-ownership, as well as all operations in the common interest. However, it is essential to understand them well because failure to comply with these duties and obligations towards a co-owner or a third party could lead to the civil liability of a syndicate.
View more