Water Quality Division: Permits

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ADEQ uses water quality permits to safeguard Arizona's waters that are affected by pollutants that come from an identifiable source. These permits protect groundwater and surface water quality by controlling discharges from domestic wastewater treatment plants, mining operations, industrial facilities, on-site sewage disposal systems, direct reuse of reclaimed water and stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity as well as discharges to drywells.

The Groundwater Section issues individual Aquifer Protection Permits (APP) and Reclaimed Water Permits. The section also authorizes discharges under general permits and registers drywells. The Surface Water Section is responsible for issuing individual and general Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits (AZPDES) permits and certifies the issuance of federal permits.

Potential Water Quality General Permits

As part of ADEQ's continuing efforts to improve permitting processes and increase efficiency wherever possible, we are inviting stakeholders to participate in a series of worksessions to explore development of additional general permits for certain classes of regulated facilities. During the worksessions, ADEQ will propose for discussion new Aquifer Protection Permit (APP) and Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) general permits that meet the criteria described at 49-245. ADEQ will also solicit new general permit suggestions from stakeholders.