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

Curbside Yard Waste

October 7, 2021
Due to ongoing labor shortages, you may be experiencing delays in the collection of yard waste. As a temporary measure to address this issue, residents who have small amounts of yard waste should place it in the container with their trash as space allows. Yard waste that does not fit in with trash should be set out separately. Yard waste may not be collected on regular collection days, so residents are asked to leave their bagged yard waste at the curb until it is collected.

Vickie McEntire Anglin

August 20, 2021
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - It has been a week filled with acknowledgements and recognition for the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES). The Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP) received a letter and certificate from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approving its acceptance as a Virginia Environmental Excellence Program Sustainability Partner (VEEP SP) for calendar year 2022.

national water quality month

August 20, 2021
Fairfax County, Va. – National Water Quality Month is celebrated annually with regional Northern Virginia partners to acknowledge this is the perfect time to learn how important water is to people world-wide. It is also an opportunity to educate residents, partners and ourselves about the importance of clean, fresh water.

Featured Video

Water and Wastewater Utilities in the Metropolitan Washington region are essential to our everyday lives. Professionals work hard every day to protect our infrastructure, human health, and the environment.


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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