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

Randy Bartlett, 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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September 17, 2020
Fairfax County’s award-winning Wastewater Management Program is celebrating Infrastructure Week from September 14 - 18, 2020. For more than 50 years, dedicated wastewater program employees have successfully operated, maintained, repaired and restored the wastewater system in the county. Additionally, the system capacity has increased to meet the ongoing growth and long-term needs of residential and commercial users to provide current and future customers with reliable sewer services at competitive sewer rates.

Staff perform sample collection and testing

August 28, 2020
Fairfax County recently conducted intensive testing to develop local discharge limits for various pollutants entering the publicly owned treatment works (the Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant) that has been in operation since October 1970. The results of this testing are used to limit the introduction of harmful chemicals and substances into the sewer system that may damage the integrity of the treatment works, cause blockages and overflows or pass through the treatment works and harm the environment.

Utility of the Future Flag

August 27, 2020
The Fairfax County Wastewater Management Program won the 2020 Utility of the Future award given annually by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The recognition is based on the adoption of the seven Utility of the Future principles and the County’s commitment to protect public health by providing sustainable, efficient services.

Featured Video

Fairfax County’s wastewater treatment plant protects human and environmental health, water quality and aquatic life.


Mike McGrath, Director, Wastewater Treatment Division and EnviroPod Host Scott Coco talk about the 50th anniversary of the Noman Cole Pollution Control Plant and how Fairfax County manages wastewater to benefit the public and the environment.

If you have an idea for a topic to be discussed on EnviroPod, email or call 703-324-5821, TTY 711.

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. 


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