Utah DEQ News

9 Ways To Go Green This Summer

9 Ways To Go-Green This Summer

Come summer, it’s easy to get distracted by cookouts and camp trips. Making eco-conscious efforts while enjoying the sun is easier than you think. Check out this week’s blog for tips on keeping things green this summer.

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UTWARN Supports Rural Utah During COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response, drinking water and wastewater system operators have been on-duty providing vital services to homes, citizens and businesses across Utah. The Utah Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (UTWARN) was set up to quickly respond to events like the coronavirus and ensure seamless operation of water infrastructure.

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Impacts on Air Quality During COVID-19

Impacts on Air Quality During COVID-19

What impact did fewer cars on the road due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, teleworking and social distancing have on Utah air quality? Logan Mitchell, a researcher at the University of Utah, took a look at the data from DEQ’s monitors to find out.

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What you need to know about 2020's ozone season

What You Need To Know About 2020’s Ozone Season

Ozone is formed in Utah when NOx and VOCs break apart under intense sunlight and reform. The formation of ozone is most likely to occur on days with calm winds, no cloud cover and afternoon temperatures above 90 degrees. Here are some ways you can protect your health and reduce your emissions.

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Inversion Season 2019-2020

Inversion Season 2019-2020

On March 31, DEQ’s Division of Air Quality called an end to the 2019-20 inversion season and stopped issuing its Action Forecasts for PM2.5 pollution. Utah residents have taken air quality seriously. Efforts by citizens and regulators alike have resulted in improved air quality in Northern Utah.

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Water Quality: Only Flush Toilet Paper

Water Quality: Only Flush Toilet Paper

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in residents flushing other paper products down the toilet. This has caused an increase in backed-up toilets and overflowing sewer lines in Utah and across the country. Even wipes marketed as “flushable” will clog pipes.

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5 Tips To Better Teleworking

5 Tips To Better Teleworking

As promoters of clean air and reduced emissions, DEQ’s Division of Air Quality has learned a few things about working from home. We didn’t expect to be sharing these tips during a pandemic. Nonetheless, here are some tips on how to make the most of teleworking in the coming weeks.

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Operations During COVID-19

Operations During COVID-19

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and encourage the practice of social distancing to help “flatten the curve,” the scientists, engineers and staff of Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality are mostly working remotely. During this time, the department will conduct business as usual.

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