Governing Law and Regulations
Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water Quality
Utah Department of Health (DOH)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Utah's Utah Pollution Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) requirements mandate that best available technology be used to treat effluent for the removal of certain pollutants. Utah has adopted by reference the federal effluent limitations. Typically, all UPDES permits must be renewed every 5 years with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reviewing all applications to ensure that discharges will not cause a violation of water quality standards in the receiving stream. See the national section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS, and contact the DEQ for more information.
The DEQ has been granted authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer and enforce the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program in Utah. The UPDES permit program is the state's equivalent to the NPDES permit ...