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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News Stories

Tree-of-Heaven. Photo courtesy Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon.

April 7, 2021
Invasive plants are those that are not native to Fairfax County or Northern Virginia. They are brought into the area intentionally or unintentionally. These plants are characterized by unrestrained growth due to a lack of natural enemies such as pests and predators. Methods for controlling and managing invasive plants can be physical, cultural, or chemical.

Photo: Treating Trees

April 1, 2021
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va - Now that County residents are getting out and about a bit more, they are likely to see crews from Urban Forest Management Division (UFMD) providing some very specialized services on our trees.

Photo: teaming up -DPWES and FCHD for COVID education

March 26, 2021
Fairfax County, Va. – A series of employee forums designed to educate and inform Department of Public Works and Environmental Services employees (DPWES) are being facilitated by DPWES and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) so workers can make informed decisions ahead of getting vaccinated, or choosing not to, as well as learning about prevention measures and how to access information if they live outside of Fairfax County.

Featured Video

The 17 Year Cicada Story


Eric ForbesEnviroPod episode 24 features Eric Forbes, Solid Waste Management Program, talking with Host Scott Coco about the change from plastic yard waste bags to paper bags effective April 19, 2021.


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. 

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.

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