Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: 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

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

Irene M. Haske,
Public Information Officer

News Stories

Infrastructure Week Quality of Water = Quality of Life

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…

Wastewater Testing Protects Residents and Environment

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…

Wastewater Program Wins Utility of the Future Award

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.

Orange Striped Oakworm

August 27, 2020
This caterpillar is black and hairless with eight narrow orange or yellow stripes on its back. It is among the caterpillar look-a-likes that are common to Fairfax County, often mistaken for the gypsy moth, and is a native pest that usually does not pose a threat to trees in Fairfax County.

The Fall Webworm in Fairfax County

August 27, 2020
Over the past week we have received an increase in calls to the Urban Forest Management Division from residents who are concerned about large webby tents in tree branches. These webs are caused by fall webworm.

End of Season Guidance for Draining Swimming Pools

August 24, 2020
Draining swimming pool water incorrectly may harm aquatic life, flood neighboring properties and violate the Stormwater Management Ordinance of the Fairfax County Code. This includes drainage from above ground pools.

August is Tree Check Month

August 11, 2020
Staff of the Urban Forest Management Division (UFMD) would like residents to keep an eye out for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in their yards and when visiting county or state parks. Looking for ALB could be a fun game to be played with children who have been staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service to Public and Environment

July 29, 2020
The Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant (NCPCP) has been in operation, serving the Fairfax County community for 50 years, an impressive record.

Spotted Lantern Fly Webinar for Public and Professionals

July 14, 2020
Fairfax County urban foresters and the Virginia Cooperative Extension invite the public and tree care and landscaping professionals to attend a webinar about the spotted lanternfly on Friday, July 17, 2020 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Destructive Tree Pest Kills Trees

June 23, 2020
The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is an invasive, exotic insect that most likely arrived in the United States on packing material from Asia. It is one of the most destructive insects known to exist in several areas of the country but not in Fairfax County yet.
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