ADEQ's AMS Transformation

“Government doesn’t have to be broken”  — Gov. Doug Ducey

ADEQ’s transformation over the past nine years 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 

  • Support Environmentally Responsible Economic Growth
  • Enhance Arizona’s Unique Environment
  • Accelerate Clean-ups
  • Recruit, Train, Engage and Retain Top Environmental Talent
  • Implement Binational Strategic Plan

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 much 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.

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

Greater than 98 percent of the population continues to breathe air that meets all state and federal requirements:


More Results:

  • 11 percent more cars are passing emissions testing since 2012 | View Progress >
  • Cleaned up 87 percent more underground storage tank sites that were contaminated by a release since 2012 | View Progress >
  • 15 percent more sites are in compliance at the time of an inspection since 2012 | View Progress >
  • Reduced the number of sites with Known Ongoing Unauthorized Impacts (KOUI) by 9 percent since 2018 | View Progress >
  • Reduced the time it takes to initiate cleanup for contaminated sites by 8 percent since 2017 | View Progress >
  • Increased number of services (permit applications, compliance reporting, etc.) available on ADEQ's online portal, myDEQ, by 192 percent since 2015 | View Progress >
  • For permit applications issued via myDEQ, the total number of days for applicants to receive approval has been reduced by 91 percent since 2012 | View Progress >
  • For permit applications that are not yet issued via myDEQ, the total number of days for applicants to receive approval has been reduced by 59 percent since 2012 | View Progress >
  • AMS has streamlined processes and eliminated waste allowing the agency to continue to achieve these positive mission outcomes despite a 34 percent reduction in full-time staff since 2008 | View Progress >

Other Achievements

  • Vacated and sold a Phoenix building in 2017, returning $1.84 million to the State. Currently under contract to sell a Tucson building for $475,000.
  • Consolidated office space in Phoenix in 2015, which reduced total square feet by nearly 30,000 and reduces rent expense by $590,000.
  • Reduced fees for Vehicle Emissions Inspections by $10 dollars, saving Arizona motorists more than $67.5 million since 2014.
  • Reduced the average time to make public records available from 28 days to less than 3 days.



  • ADEQ online service portal myDEQ won an innovation award for software development from the CIO 100 Symposium.
  • Finalist for the Adobe Creativity Government Award for the Arizona Water Watch mobile app. 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.