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 in 2015, which reduced total square feet by nearly 30,000 and reduces rent expense by over $500,000 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.



  • Special Award from the American Meteorological Society for ground-breaking work to develop the Wildfire Smoke Forecast.


  • COVID-19 Air Quality Inspection/Compliance Determinations recognized as Best Practice by the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies.
  • Mobile Compliance Inspections recognized as an Exemplary System in Government by URISA.
  • Earned a Top Product of the Year Award from Environment + Energy Leader for the Automated Surface Water Quality Assessment Tool.
  • Awarded a 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.
  • Received the Environmental Excellence Award for Public Involvement and Education for the Arizona Water Watch Citizen Science Program from the National Association of Environmental Professionals.


  • Recognized as Environment + Energy Leader 100 Honoree for using AMS to dramatically increase positive environmental outcomes and deliver award-winning online services for customers.
  • Online service portal myDEQ won an innovation award for software development from the CIO 100 Symposium.
  • Finalist for the Adobe Creativity Government Award 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.