Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia



Our administrative offices are open to the public by appointment only at this time. Please call or email 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-5033 | TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

Christopher S. Herrington, Director

Public works and environmental services


The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services builds and maintains safe, reliable infrastructure that improves public health and provides a high quality of life for residents. The department’s four business areas – Solid Waste Management, Capital Facilities, Wastewater Management, and Stormwater Management – work together to create and preserve sustainable communities.

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News Stories

Lake Accotink dredging operations June 21, 2006

July 27, 2021
Two meetings are planned to gather public input and present the alternative analysis report to residents regarding the Lake Accotink Dredging Project.

Christopher S. Herrington, Agency Director

July 21, 2021
Christopher S. Herrington began his appointment as director of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) on Monday, July 12. He succeeds Randy Bartlett, who retired last month.

The Huntington Levee Pump House

July 19, 2021
The Floodplain Management Plan Progress Report, July 2021 is available to the public and media. The progress report is part of the Northern Virginia Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan and is published annually by the staff of the Stormwater Planning Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Fairfax County.

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Filthy Five PSA


Ivonne RenderosIvonne Renderos, Engineer III, Capital Facilities, talks with host Scott Coco about the streetlights program. Fairfax County is working with Dominion Energy to change all the street lights in the county to save energy and provide greater safety for residents.


EnviroPod features subject matter experts from the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services talking about important environmental topics focused on what residents can do and what the county is doing to fulfill its environmental vision. If you have an idea for an EnviroPod podcast, call 703-324-5821 or email

Capital Projects Summary Report

Quarterly status reports for each supervisory district

Water's Journey

Drinking Water - Wastewater - Stormwater

Clean water is our most important resource. To preserve water quality for future generations, we need to understand where water comes from, how we use it, and where it goes when it leaves our homes and businesses. 

APWA Accredited Agency

APWA Accredited Agency logoThe Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is accredited by the American Public Works Association. This prestigious national accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that comply with or exceed recommended best practices. The recognition affirms the department’s commitment to providing the highest quality services to Fairfax County residents.  In 2021, DPWES Leads APWA Awards with Wins in 8 Major Categories including five for Project of the Year and three honorable mentions.

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