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    Department of Environmental Quality

    Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ), formed in 1989, serves Pima County by protecting public health and the environment. PDEQ operates programs to monitor air and water quality, hazardous waste, solid waste, and assist in waste minimization and pollution prevention. PDEQ also provides public outreach, education, and citizens' assistance; processes environmental permits; and responds to public complaints and inquiries with investigations and enforcement.

    Our Mission

    Preserve and protect the environment of Pima County for the long-term benefit of residents' health, welfare, safety, and quality of life. Identify and respond to environmental issues by providing public services including monitoring, enforcement, information, education, and solid waste management.
    Special Notice: Starting June 20, 2016, PDEQ will begin a new procedure for invoicing plans received by the department for review. The updated plan review procedure affects submittals for sewer projects, water projects, and the approval of sanitary facilities for subdivision projects.

    Special Notice: Starting July 25, 2016, PDEQ will only accept electronic submittals for water, sewer and Approval of Sanitary Facility projects. Applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format by either emailing all forms and plans to PDEQER@pima.gov, providing an FTP download link in the application email, or by having a USB flash drive or CD delivered to PDEQ’s office. Please note that the PDEQER inbox will only accept files less than 20 MB in size, so anything larger must be submitted using one of the alternate methods.

    Water Program

    The Water Program is comprised of multiple sections which address different issues regarding wastewater, drinking water, stormwater and well monitoring at TIAA Superfund Site.


    Drinking Water


    TIAA Superfund Site

    Waste & Recycling 

    The Waste Program is comprised of multiple sections that include:
    • Landfills
    • Waste Tire Disposal
    • Waste Reduction (Recycling)
    • Hazardous Waste Generators
    • Solid and Liquid Waste Haulers
    • Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Options 
    • Illegal Dumping Surveillance, Complaint Response and Enforcement

    Environmental Complaints

    Air, Waste, Water Complaints

    PDEQ strives to identify and respond to environmental concerns in Pima County.  PDEQ has regulatory authority over certain environmental issues, please read information regarding Environmental Complaints prior to submitting a complaint by phone (call (520) 724-7400 and ask to speak to a Complaint Coordinator) or through the online Environmental Complaint Form.

    Buffelgrass Complaints

    PDEQ, in coordination with other state and local agencies, is committed to addressing the serious threat posed by the spread of buffelgrass in the Sonoran Desert. The Pima County Board of Supervisors has recently adopted an ordinance to facilitate this effort. Please read the provided buffelgrass information prior to submitting a complaint by phone (call (520) 724-7400 and ask to speak to a Complaint Coordinator) or through the online  Buffelgrass Complaint Form.

    Mold Complaints

    PDEQ does not have the authority to investigate or address mold concerns inside residences or businesses in Pima County.  It is the property owner’s responsibility to determine if mold is present and if so, to properly remediate it.  There are many mold remediation businesses you can hire to determine if mold is present in your home and to clean up the mold, if you are unable to do it yourself.

    In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has information and resources on their website that might be helpful, including ways to prevent and control mold, guidelines for cleaning up mold, and general information on mold and other indoor air quality topics.
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    Department of Environmental Quality

    33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Phone: (520) 724-7400
    Fax: (520) 838-7432

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