Environmental Laboratory Licensure

Wastewater (AZPDES and APP) Field Information

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Environmental Laboratory Licensure program has put this page together to provide information for Facilities with AZPDES and APP permits that need additional information regarding use of licensed laboratories or becoming licensed by the Office of Laboratory Services.

At any time, you may contact the Office of Laboratory Services at (602) 364-0720 for assistance.

Checklists, Spreadsheets, Example Bench Sheets, and SOP Templates

The ADHS Environmental Laboratory Licensure program has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in the following checklists, spreadsheets, and bench sheets.  The following are to be used as tools to assist facilities in performing the approved methods correctly.  Please read the disclaimer prior to using any of the spreadsheets or bench sheets. The checklists are provided as examples of what surveyors will be looking for when performing an on site visit.

Bench Sheets

These are example bench sheets for the exempt methods.  Please note that there are two workbooks for each method, one for a single day worth of testing and one for multiple days.

pH (Hydrogen Ion): EPA 150.2Excel SM4500H-BExcel HACH 8156Excel
Turbidity:        EPA 180.1Excel EPA 180.1 (LCR)Excel SM 2130BExcel
Conductivity:  EPA 120.1Excel SM 2510BExcel HACH 8160Excel
Chlorine*: HACH10014Excel HACH10014Word  

* These bench sheets were provided and posted with permission from the Pima County Regional Wastewater Department and Laboratory. The acceptance criteria of 90-110% for the standard check are not required by the method and facilities may change those criteria, as an example a facility changed the recovery to 70-130%.

SOP Templates

These are standard operating procedure (SOP) templates for the exempt methods. Please note that the templates are written for the most common exempt method seen in the field, but these templates can be used for other methods as long as the facility updates the method specific requirements.

Training Information

ADHS provided training in late spring 2010, late summer 2010, and August 2011, and has posted the training presentations and/or information below.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Office at (602) 364-0720.  These training classes provided basic information on the regulations and detailed discussions and demonstrations of the approved methodologies.

ADHS may provide additional training in the future, which will be posted here or you may contact our Office to be placed on a notification list.

ADHS has performed three rounds of wastewater plant training (AZPDES/APP/Reuse). These trainings occurred in Spring 2010, Fall 2010, and August 2011. The following presentations and videos were presented in these trainings and should be used as a guide for meeting permit compliance. Except where noted, presentations apply to any permit required to report compliance data to ADEQ (AZPDES/APP/Reuse).

DMRQA - For AZPDES only IDEXX Colilert and QuantiTray 
Colilert and QuantiTray QC Method Detection Limits
QAQC For Exempt Methods Report of Findings and Responses
Temperature PDF | Video 1 Video 2 Specific Conductance PDF | Video
Dissolved Oxygen PDF | Video Turbidity PDF | Video-Lab | Video-InLine
ULR Total Residual Chlorine PDF | Video  
pH (Hydrogen Ion) PDF | Video

The following presentations and videos were given at a one day seminar provided in January 2012 specifically for mines with AZPDES and APP permits. Please note that these presentations apply to all permit types (AZPDES/APP).

QAQC For Exempt Methods Temperature PDF | Video 1
pH (Hydrogen Ion) PDF | Video Specific Conductance PDF | Video
Report of Findings and Responses  

Method References

Provided below are the approved method references for exempt compliance testing. A complete list of approved methods is available by accessing our rules or application, see links in the Environmental Licensure Information section of the page. Please note that those methods that are available free of charge are provided on this page, all other methods are considered proprietary and must be purchased from the organization or company.

The Quality Assurance/Quality Control document is required for all wastewater exempt methods compliance testing.

Links to Individual Methods:

Field Method Information Updates

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Field Method Update #2 May 24, 2012

  • Introduction of AZPDES and APP Field Method Update 2
  • Website available with training and resources
  • Approval of LDO methods
  • Relevant information for drinking water facilities

Field Method Update #1 November 18, 2011

  • Introduction of AZPDES and APP Field Method Update 1
  • Website available with training and resources
  • Total Residual Chlorine; approved methods
  • Temperature – requirements and allowances
  • Hach LDO method – update on approval status
  • Relevant information for drinking water facilities

Note: Files are all PDF format unless otherwise stated.