About ADEQ

What is ADEQ and What Do We Do for Arizona?

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ADEQ engages Arizonans to keep them informed and encourages participation in environmental planning and decision-making. We strive to educate, inspire and help citizens by promoting environmental awareness through public involvement activities and providing useful tools and resources. View a list of our programs on our Education and Outreach page.

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Air Quality Division

The Air Quality Division helps control present and future sources of air pollution.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Collecting and analyzing quality assured and precision ambient air monitoring data;
  • Preparing pollution forecasts to help people limit their exposure to pollution and pollution sources;
  • Conducting and collaborating on research and analysis to evaluate pollution sources and their impacts on the public;
  • Investigating complaints and violations of, and achieving compliance with air pollution laws;
  • Issuing permits to industries and other facilities, and for open burning activities that protect public health;
  • Operating and maintaining accurate, convenient, and affordable vehicle emissions inspections programs;
  • Developing air quality plans and rules through partnerships, collaboration, and public involvement.
ADEQ Air Quality Division
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Waste Programs Division

The Waste Programs Division reduces the risk associated with waste management, contaminated sites, and regulated substances.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the proper handling, storage, treatment and disposal of wastes, and the correct operation and maintenance of underground storage tanks;
  • Investigating complaints and violations of Arizona's solid waste, hazardous waste, and underground storage tank laws and administering payments from the State Assurance Fund for reimbursement of eligible costs associated with the removal and remediation of leaking underground storage tanks.
  • Investigating, managing, and remediating soil and groundwater that are contaminated with regulated and hazardous substances;
  • Promoting pollution prevention and recycling;
  • Reviewing and approving construction plans for landfills and special waste facilities.


ADEQ Waste Programs Division
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Water Quality Division

The Water Quality Division helps ensure safe drinking water and reduces the effets of pollutants discharged to surface and groundwater.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that Arizona's public water systems deliver safe drinking water;
  • Identifying water pollution problems and establishing standards to address them;
  • Investigating complaints and violations of Arizona's water quality laws, rules and permits;
  • Issuing permits to protect Arizona waters from point sources of pollution;
  • Managing the quality of water resources through partnerships within the natural boundaries of the state's watersheds;
  • Monitoring and assessing the quality of surface and groundwater;
ADEQ Water Quality Division

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