Brown: Get the lead out of drinking water at schools

By now, school children in Arizona have brought markers, scissors, folders and other supplies to class. Although children are bringing items they need to learn and succeed, Arizona is failing to supply safe drinking water in schools across our state. According to the Arizona Department of Environment Quality, of the 13,380 taps tested at schools in […]

ADEQ seeking penalties and injunctive relief in excess of $100 million from Johnson Utilities

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office on May 22 filed a civil case in Arizona Superior Court against Johnson Utilities LLC seeking penalties and injunctive relief in excess of $100 million. “This case is about bringing relief to the San Tan Community from the negative impacts to residents, businesses […]

State department of environmental quality offers water treatment tips

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is offering several tips on how to protect Arizona water quality as part of Drinking Water Week. The week runs from May 5-11 and aims to protect natural water resource at the source before it reaches residents’ homes, according to a press release. “Every drop of water is important […]

Maricopa County agency begins campaign to combat ozone pollution

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department has kicked off its annual campaign encouraging residents to help reduce ozone during the spring and summer. The Ozone Campaign runs through the end of September, covering the period when ozone pollution is most prevalent. Ground-level ozone forms when emissions from vehicles, gasoline and diesel equipment, industrial and chemical […]

Valley Bike Month celebrates cycling benefits

Mark Harrington rides his bike from Mesa to Chandler five days a week, an 18-mile round trip. “Besides being great exercise, I’ve met new people and have fun participating in rides like El Tour de Mesa, El Tour de Tucson and family rides.” Mr. Harrington is among the Valley residents who have concluded there are […]

Entrada del Oro Sewer Co. renewing release of wastewater into tributary of Queen Creek

The Entrada del Oro Sewer Co., dba Liberty Utilities, 5301 S. Superstition Mountain Drive No. 104A, PMB 422, in Gold Canyon, has applied for a renewal Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the proposed discharge of up to 300,000 gallons per day of treated domestic wastewater. It will be discharged from the Entrada del Oro Wastewater […]

Ozone health watch issued for Friday, Sept. 11

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Health Watch for Friday, Sept. 11 .

Take action during the health watch by following the tips below:

Find a carpool or vanpool by visiting
Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines at coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, banks, etc. Park your car and go inside.
Fuel your vehicle after dark or during cooler evening hours.
Unplug unused appliances.
Connect your outdoor lights to a timer or use solar lighting.
Learn more about air pollution at or see ADEQ’s Fact Sheet:

Ground level ozone is formed by a chemical reaction that needs heat from sunlight, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds [VOCs] to form. The months of April through September make up our Valley’s longer-than-normal “ozone season.”

“Health Watch” means the highest concentration of pollution may approach the federal health standard. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion during a health watch.

“High Pollution Advisory” or “HPA” means the highest concentration of pollution may exceed the federal health standard. Active children, adults and people with lung disease such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Maricopa County employers enlisted in the Trip Reduction Program are asked to activate their HPA plans on high pollution advisory days.