ADEQs Path Forward | COVID-19

Continuing ADEQ Operations While Slowing the Spread

ADEQ is continuing to closely monitor the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). CDC and ADHS have not recommended the closure of offices, including vehicle emissions testing stations, at this time, but are recommending telework and other alternatives when available.

ADEQ is well-positioned to work outside the office, and our mission to protect public health and the environment remains a priority. ADEQ will continue our vital mission work while also minimizing exposure risk to staff and customers. We remain open for business and ready to serve the people of Arizona.

This page will be updated as needed. Visit the ADHS for updates on COVID-19 in Arizona | View >

Governor Ducey launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities | Learn More >

Emissions Testing

Vehicle Emissions Testing Stations remain open. Hours of operation for Testing Stations have changed as of April 1, 2020.

During this public health emergency, residents who are 65 and older and have an emissions test due can delay testing for up to one year by acquiring a waiver from ADEQ's Director | Learn More >

It remains essential that we continue every effort to maintain and improve air quality in the Phoenix and Tucson areas and across the state. Ozone in the air we breathe can be harmful to our health and worsen bronchitis, emphysema, asthma and other respiratory issues — including those symptoms related to COVID -19. On-road vehicles are a primary source of ozone pollution in urban areas where emissions testing is required. While there are a variety of ways that we can protect ourselves from viruses, there is very little we can do to avoid bad air quality.

Vehicle Emissions Inspection testing stations are taking additional precautions to regularly disinfect and sanitize equipment and surfaces, maintain social distances from customers, and reduce the need for inspectors to enter vehicles for testing. Precautions include:

  • Emissions test inspectors are staying at least 3 to 6 feet from customers when possible.
  • Customers are instructed to wait in the booth or waiting area during inspections (sitting on the passenger side of the vehicle while the technician is working is no longer permitted).
  • Inspectors are washing their hands more frequently.
  • Customers are asked to insert and remove credit cards into credit card readers themselves.

Revised testing procedures:

  • Customer pulls in and sets the emergency brake.
  • Customer steps into the waiting booth or waiting area.
  • Inspector performs the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) test without getting into the vehicle.
  • Customer returns to the vehicle to turn the ignition key to the accessory position, so inspector can verify check engine light is functioning.
  • Customer then starts the vehicle, allowing the inspector to observe that the check engine light turns off from a safe distance.
  • After the OBD test is complete, customer turns off the vehicle and exits to the waiting booth or waiting area.
  • When payment is due, customer inserts their credit card and removes after processing.
  • Customer returns to their vehicle, and inspector finishes the test process and delivers the vehicle information report.
  • During this process, the inspector maintains social distancing protocol of 3 to 6 feet.

Permits and Compliance

ADEQ is aligning with the EPA's memo "COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program."

  • Guidance on ADEQ implementation, Arizona Executive Order 2020-18,  and EPA Memo  | Download >
  • EPA Press Release | View >

ADEQ facility inspections and work to issue permits will continue uninterrupted.

Drinking Water

The need to provide healthy drinking water is of utmost importance at all times. ADEQ will continue to be supportive of public water systems and their communities.

EPA Water Utility Resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic | View >

Arizona’s Water Supplies Remain Secure and Resilient, a joint statement from ADEQ, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, Central Arizona Project and Salt River Project | View >

Information related to drinking water and wastewater treatment can be found at:

  • EPA's webpage “Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater” | View EPA's Page >
  • CDC's webpage “Water Transmission and COVID-19” | View CDC's Page >
  • Association of State Drinking Water Administrators webpage “2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” | View ASDWA's Page >

Other ADEQ Services

Report an environmental issue | Submit Online >

ADEQ's Phoenix office hours of operation remain unchanged. 

Events and Meetings

ADEQ events and meetings will be online-only or postponed | View Events Calendar >


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