Do you know how clean your air is? - Tucson News Now

Do you know how clean your air is?

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

People take about 23,000 breaths of air a day, and the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality is working to make sure that air is clear and contains fewer pollutants that could be a danger to public health.

This week is Air Quality Awareness week.  There are currently 17 air quality monitors in Pima County and each is looking for dangerous pollutants in the air, including carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and even lead.

Gusty winds, like those the county has experienced over the last few days could increase the pollutants in the air residents are currently breathing now. 

Fortunately, air quality in Tucson is some of the cleanest in the nation.  According to Pima County, 304 days out of the year, in 2013, were rated 'good' air quality.

The county says they work to keep the air clean by collecting and analyzing nearly, 2,500 particle samples a year. 

For current air quality conditions go online to www.pima.gov/deq.

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