Environmental Service Programs

The Environmental Program Division's function is to protect the health and welfare of the residents of El Mirage and the environment by insuring water quality and clean air.

Drinking Water-Environmental
This function ensures regulatory compliance of the City's water systems through permitting, inspection, sampling, analysis, evaluation and accurate and timely reporting.

The Environmental Compliance Coordinator (ECC) ensures compliance with Federal, State and local drinking water quality regulations and is responsible for drinking water compliance for the City's wells and distribution system. The regulatory sampling and analytical requirements are extremely complex, particularly because of ongoing changes including the regulation of new constituents and more stringent requirements for existing contaminants..

Water sampling and analyses are conducted weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually and tri-annually which requires careful sample data analysis and accurate regulatory reporting. The City's Annual Water Quality Reports illustrate the City's diligence in providing safe, reliable water, straight from the tap. To learn more about water sources, treatment, distribution and the quality control go Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Safe Drinking Water

This service ensures the regulatory compliance of the city's wastewater, pretreatment, storm water, and air quality control facilities through inspection, sampling, analysis, evaluation and accurate timely reporting.

The Environmental Compliance Coordinator ensures compliance with Federal, State and local wastewater, pretreatment, storm water, and air quality regulations. This division obtains required permits, and modifications as necessary, including Aquifer Protection permits (APPs), Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits (AzPDES), and reuse permits, and is responsible for compliance sampling for water quality, wastewater, odors and air quality (includes emergency generators), and storm water.

Water Resources
The Water Resources ensure a sustainable water supply for El Mirage residents and businesses, now and in the future. The primary sources of drinking water is groundwater that is pumped by City wells and is required to replenish the groundwater that has been pumped. Water Resources is responsible for coordinating and acquiring water rights, allocation and planning for the cost-effective acquisition and/or development of additional supplies that can ensure the replenishment of the groundwater. The city has a Designation of Assured Water Supply and that requires regulatory compliance with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) water management rules.

Air Quality
The City of El Mirage has an approved PM-10 (particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter) Dust Control Ordinance, in accordance with state law.

PM-10 is a term used to describe very fine airborne particles (particulate matter or PM) that have been known to cause health problems for people in areas in which the PM levels are high. Children, the elderly, people exercising outdoors and those with heart or lung disease or asthma are at an especially high risk to ill effects from PM pollution.

Sources of PM dust pollution include off-road vehicles, driving on unpaved roads, agricultural dust, construction, vacant lands and mining.

The PM-10 control measures in El Mirage are coordinated with other cities in Maricopa County, through the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). The objective is a five percent reduction in emissions per year until the PM-10 standard is attained.

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Storm Water run-off remains the nation’s largest water quality problem. Nearly 40 percent of surveyed U.S. water bodies do not meet water quality standards. As storm water moves across land, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, depositing them into lakes, rivers and wetlands. The source of water pollution results from a variety of human activities on the land. Each of us can contribute to the problem without even realizing it. The City of El Mirage is a participant in the federally mandated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II under the Clean Water Act. EPA issued a final Phase II regulations on December 8, 1999.

The City adopted Storm Water Ordinance No. O06-07-12 on August 13, 2006. For more information click here.