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    Department of Environmental Quality

    Wildfire Smoke, Air Quality and Health Information

    Learn about the health risks of breathing wildfire smoke and ways to protect yourself and those you care for. For information specific to the Bighorn Fire See tips on staying safe from COVID-19 during other emergencies.

    Changes to PDEQ Office Procedures

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the customer service counter is now CLOSED to walk-in customers. Meetings are by appointment only. In addition, employees, vendors and the public are required to wear face masks in lobbies, elevators and common areas of County facilities, and proper physical distancing (six feet) is encouraged.

    Please contact the department by telephone Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for more information or if an appointment is needed.

    Additional information on COVID-19 environmental concerns is available here.

    Our Mission

    Preserve and protect the environment of Pima County for the long-term benefit of residents' health, welfare, safety, and quality of life. Identify and respond to environmental issues by providing public services including monitoring, enforcement, information, education, and solid waste management.

    Pima DEQ GIS Maps

    Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) has compiled data from various sources to provide interested parties with mapped information of environmental aspects within Pima County. PDEQ serves Pima County by protecting public health and the environment. The Pima DEQ GIS Maps contain data layers that display environmental aspects managed by Pima County and the State of Arizona.

    Waste & Recycling 

    The Waste Program is comprised of multiple sections that include:

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    The Code Compliance Program is administered by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) for the Pima County Development Services Department (DSD). PDEQ Code inspectors investigate reported code complaints and assist property owners in correcting any violations and maintaining their property in compliance with the Zoning, Building and Environmental codes.

    Environmental Complaints

    Air, Waste, Water Complaints

    PDEQ strives to identify and respond to environmental concerns in Pima County. PDEQ has regulatory authority over certain environmental issues, please read information regarding Environmental Complaints prior to submitting a complaint by phone (call (520) 724-7400 and ask to speak to a Complaint Coordinator) or through the online Environmental Complaint Form.

    Code Complaints

    The Code Compliance Program is administered by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) for the Pima County Development Services Department (DSD). PDEQ Code inspectors investigate reported code complaints and assist property owners in correcting any violations and maintaining their property in compliance with the Zoning, Building and Environmental codes.

    Buffelgrass Complaints

    PDEQ, in coordination with other state and local agencies, is committed to addressing the serious threat posed by the spread of buffelgrass in the Sonoran Desert. The Pima County Board of Supervisors has recently adopted an ordinance to facilitate this effort. Please read the provided buffelgrass information prior to submitting a complaint by phone (call (520) 724-7400 and ask to speak to a Complaint Coordinator) or through the online Buffelgrass Complaint Form.

    Mold Complaints

    PDEQ does not have the authority to investigate or address mold concerns inside residences or businesses in Pima County. It is the property owner’s responsibility to determine if mold is present and if so, to properly remediate it. There are many mold remediation businesses you can hire to determine if mold is present in your home and to clean up the mold, if you are unable to do it yourself.

    In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has information and resources on their website that might be helpful, including ways to prevent and control mold, guidelines for cleaning up mold, and general information on mold and other indoor air quality topics.
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    Department of Environmental Quality

    33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Phone: (520) 724-7400
    Fax: (520) 838-7432


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