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Water Quality in Arizona. Team 6. Bingquan Zhao, Kaiyuan Zhang, Feng Yang , Hannah Six , Chenyang Wang, Zelin Shao. Overview. Water supplies for Arizona Pollution Hazards Government Standards Current Technologies for water pollution control

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water quality in arizona

Water Quality in Arizona

Team 6. Bingquan Zhao, Kaiyuan Zhang, Feng Yang, Hannah Six,Chenyang Wang, Zelin Shao

  • Water supplies for Arizona
  • Pollution Hazards
  • Government Standards
  • Current Technologies for water pollution control
  • Advantages and disadvantages to the new and current technologies
  • Suggestion for a better solution
arizona four major sources of water
Arizona Four Major Sources of Water

The Colorado River

Surface Water ( other than Colorado River)


Reclaimed Water

water major use category
Water major use category

8 million acre-feet or 2.3 trillion gallons annually

diseases that can be spread by chemical pollutants

Diseases that can be spread by chemical pollutants

Skin infections

Carcinogenic problems (by Nitrosamine)

Damage to central nervous system (by Phthalates)

Intestinal disorders (by Polychlorinated biphenyls)

Anaemia, bone marrow damage, leukaemia (by Benzene)

Disorders of liver, bone and circulatory system, birth anomalies (by Vinyl chloride)

government standards
Government Standards

The Safe Drinking Water Act

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for drinking water quality and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards.

The U.S. EPA has set standards for more than 80 primary contaminants that may occur in drinking water and pose a risk to human health

where does water come from
Where does Water come from
  • Snow and rain runoff from the watersheds in Arizona
  • Several dams
  • Colorado River
government responsibilities
Government Responsibilities
  • Ensuring that Arizona's public water systems deliver safe drinking water
  • Identifying water pollution problems and establishing standards to address them
  • Investigating complaints and violations of Arizona's water quality laws, rules and permits
  • Issuing permits to protect Arizona waters from point sources of pollution
  • Managing the quality of water resources through partnerships within the natural boundaries of the state's watersheds
  • Monitoring and assessing the quality of surface and groundwater throughout the state
  • Regulating the discharge and treatment of wastewater
water quality division
Water Quality Division
  • water quality permits
    • Safeguard Arizona’s waters that are affected by pollutants that come from an identifiable source.
    • For example: The Groundwater Section & Surface Water Section
tradable water permits
Tradable Water Permits
  • Firms are allowed “purchase pollution reduction credits from other sources that can generate the same reductions at a lower cost, thus achieving the same or better overall water quality improvement” (EPA).
  • Currently operating in seven states across the nation, in the development process in four other states.
arizona water trading programs
Arizona Water Trading Programs
  • No state trading programs in Arizona
  • Few independent water quality trade initiatives in Arizona
    • For example, a mining company cleaned up an abandon mine with the conditional trade of copper loading that was being released from the companies new mine


  • Four major water sources in Arizona.
    • Colorado river
    • Surface water
    • Groundwater
    • Reclaimed water
  • Pollution hazards
    • health
    • economy
    • industrial and agricultural productions.
  • Government control water quality.
    • SDWA
    • Tradable permits

Preventing leakage of lubrication oil into rivers or lakes.

Promoting clean production and built high-tech industry to reduce waste and pollution

Building man-made water flow management system to enhances the self-purifying ability.

Setting the inspected program to check water situation.

Issuing permits to protect water sources.