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

Compost Outpost at I-66

March 30, 2023
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – Two 20 feet long sea containers have been placed at the I-66 Transfer Station for the county’s new Compost Outpost pilot program. It is designed to create optimal conditions for composting and is a test facility to demonstrate small-scale, decentralized, organics processing.

street flooding

March 9, 2023
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA - Weather-related flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in Fairfax County and across the United States. It only takes an inch of water to cause $25,000 damage inside a home. Yet only 3% of Virginians have flood insurance.

Lake Accotink

February 27, 2023
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – The Lake Accotink Community Survey remains available online to gather community feedback, comments and questions following last week’s virtual and in-person meetings to provide an update on the project. It is expected to be accessible to the public until April 1.

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Fairfax County Wastewater Collection Division Extends Useful Life of Assets with Minimum Disruptions


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 2023, DPWES Wins Several Project of the Year and Honorable Mentions in Regional APWA Awards.

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