Particulate Matter (PM-10)
Particulate matter that is less than ten microns in size is
defined as PM-10. When suspended in the air, this small particulate
matter affects humans as it is inhaled, forcing the heart and lungs
to work harder to provide oxygen to the body. This can lead to a
decreased breathing ability and damage to the heart.
The harmful effects are particularly severe in the elderly,
children and persons with pre-existing respiratory problems.
The City of Mesa has a Particulate Pollution Control Ordinance
that establishes PM-10 control requirements for construction sites,
as well as other dust generating activities such as weed control,
livestock areas, vacant parcels, and road work.
Air monitoring data shows that PM-10 levels at the edges of
construction sites can be up to three times higher than the
allowable health-based standard.
Some Major PM-10 Sources
- Earth-moving activities such as grading, construction,
- Driving on unpaved roads or surfaces
- Material handling and transport
- Disturbance of storage piles
- Re-suspension of dust deposited on paved roads from trackout
- Wind erosion from unstabilized and/or disturbed vacant lots
Help Reduce Particulate Pollution
- Keeping any open area or vacant lots you own or are
responsible for stabilized. Apply water to form a crust,
or apply gravel or a soil stabilizer, plant vegetation
- NOT driving or parking on unpaved roads, shoulders or lots
unless it's absolutely necessary
- Using marked trails and designated areas when having fun
with your dirt bike, ATV or off road vehicle
- NOT using your dirt bike, ATV or off road vehicle on dry
river bottoms, other desert areas or vacant lots. This
activity creates a tremendous amount of dust and destabilizes the
area so that any wind creates even more dust!
- Don't blow dirt and debris into the streets.
- Any burning of material outdoors (where a flue or chimney is
not used) is generally prohibited unless it is a process that is
exempt from the general requirement.
In an effort to involve City residents with helping to reduce
particulate pollution, the City of Mesa asks citizens to
dust and track out problems.
A City inspector will investigate resident reports and work with
site owners and developers to address identified issues.
Environmental Programs also coordinates with the Maricopa County Air
Quality Department for enforcement of particulate pollution control
requirements. Maricopa County Air Quality Department (602)