ADEQ's AMS Transformation

“Government doesn’t have to be broken” — Governor Ducey

ADEQ’s transformation over the past decade has reduced waste in the agency and helped us improve services to our customers, furthering our mission to protect and enhance public health and the environment of Arizona.

Our Strategies 

  • Address known, ongoing, unauthorized impacts to human health and the environment
  • Develop and implement the Surface Water Protection Program
  • Address ozone nonattainment
  • Assume primacy of Underground Injection Control (UIC) and Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Federal Programs
  • Ensure sustainable environmental program funding

Our Results

When working inside of a disciplined management system, the Arizona Management System (AMS) in particular, more engaged employees can achieve amazing results. While there is certainly more to do, our results demonstrate a firm commitment to continuously improving our environment. 

While the overall state budget has steadily increased, ADEQ budget has remained relatively flat.

More cleanups are being completed.

Although impacted by older sites that preceded the metric, remedies are being implemented faster today. These averages reflect ADEQ's continued progress in implementing remedies for sites identified from 1987 through 2014. As remedies for these older sites are implemented, this metric will continue to improve and better reflect the efficiency ADEQ has achieved since 2015 and the speed at which we currently are addressing sites.

Greater than 99 percent of the population continues to receive drinking water that meets state and federal requirements. 

Fewer systems are delivering water that does not meet federal limits.  Number of systems is calculated two ways: EPA and ADEQ methods.

Compliance has improved through outreach and training.

Faster return to compliance.

1Based on ADEQ’s interpretation of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule of June 2020, the number of impaired waters has been reduced. EPA will consider this list for approval in 2022.

Protective permits are being issued faster.

1No survey conducted.

ADEQ is committed to continuously improving, measuring performance and transparency in reporting. We don't hide problems; there is more to do. The only problems we can’t solve together are the ones we don’t know about.

Learn more about our meaningful metrics | Key Performance Data Explained >

Other Achievements

  • Vacated and sold buildings in Phoenix (2017) and Tucson (2020), returning $2.32 Million to the State.
  • Consolidated office space in Phoenix by nearly 30,000 square feet in 2015 and another 60,000 square feet in 2021, which has reduced annual rent expense by close to $1.5 million every year.
  • Reduced fees for Vehicle Emissions Inspections by $10 dollars, saving Arizona motorists more than $81.7 million since 2014.
  • Reduced the average time to make public records available from 28 days to less than 3 days.



  • Gartner Communications Award for Excellence in Communications Measurement and Reporting for helping record numbers of motorists improve Arizona air quality through the Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program.
  • Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Award of Distinction for the Path to Protection at Oak Creek, a multi-year water quality restoration collaborative project.
  • Special Award from the American Meteorological Society for ground-breaking work to develop the Wildfire Smoke Forecast.
  • Environmental Excellence Award for Best Available or Innovative Technology from the National Association of Environmental Professionals for developing and implementing tools that bring clarity and efficiency to protecting Arizona's surface waters under the federal Clean Water Act and new state program.
  • Environmental Excellence Award for Public Involvement and Education from the National Association of Environmental Professionals for the First-of-its-Kind in the Nation State Wildfire Smoke Forecast.
  • Granicus Digital Government Difference Maker Award Finalist for impacting the lives of Arizonans through the Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program and Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF) Community Involvement.


  • Environment + Energy Leader 100 Honoree for Waste Programs Division innovations, record mission outcomes and pandemic response.
  • Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies Best Practice for COVID-19 Air Quality Inspection/Compliance Determinations.
  • Exemplary System in Government by URISA for Mobile Compliance Inspections.
  • Top Product of the Year Award from Environment + Energy Leader for the Automated Surface Water Quality Assessment Tool.
  • Granicus Digital Government Award for Superior Civic Engagement for myDEQ, My Community & Companion Demographic & Environmental Data Dashboard, Wildfire Smoke Forecast and Automated Surface Water Quality Assessment Tool.
  • Environmental Excellence Award for Public Involvement and Education for the Arizona Water Watch Citizen Science Program from the National Association of Environmental Professionals.


  • Environment + Energy Leader 100 Honoree for using AMS to dramatically increase positive environmental outcomes and deliver award-winning online services for customers.
  • CIO 100 for myDEQ online permitting and reporting portal, innovative agile software development and deployment.
  • Adobe Creativity Government Award Finalist for Arizona Water Watch marketing materials. Arizona Water Watch offers Arizona residents and visitors the opportunity to help monitor and protect Arizona’s waters.
  • ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award for Arizona Water Watch.


  • Arizona Forward Crescordia Award for Technology Innovation for ADEQ’s Water Watch mobile app.
  • State Government Experience award from The Center for Digital Government for myDEQ.


  • Good Government Award from Governor Douglas A. Ducey.
  • ECOS State Innovation Award for Arizona Water Watch.
  • National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) State Information Technology Recognition Award — Digital Government: Government to Business Category: myDEQ Environmental Compliance Portal.