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

North Named New Section Chief, Info Officer, Public Works

December 31, 2020
Sharon North has accepted the position of Section Chief/Information Officer III with the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. She previously held the position of Public Information Manager with the City of Richmond, VA, Department of Public Works.

American Public Works Association Re-Accredits Fairfax County Public Works

December 18, 2020
The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) was notified by the American Public Works Association (APWA) that the Department has achieved reaccreditation as of December 14, 2020.

Keeping Wastewater Equipment Up to Date

December 8, 2020
Fairfax County has sixty-three wastewater pump stations that require collaboration among mechanics, electricians and instrumentation employees to achieve the optimal conveyance of wastewater and to protect wastewater infrastructure. A pump station, in conjunction with gravity sewer pipes, helps move wastewater from homes and businesses to a wastewater treatment plant.

Food Scraps Composting Program to Begin and a Glass Monster Event

November 6, 2020
The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP) invites the public to two ribbon cutting events to launch a new pilot program that encourages food scraps to be dropped off for composting. The public is also invited to attend an educational event featuring environmental education displays and information including the Glass Monster. The public is invited to attend the following in-person…

Trouble Response Center Always Ready 24/7/365

October 6, 2020
When a toilet or sink backs up into your home or there is sewer water overflowing into your yard or street, you want help fast. The Wastewater Management Trouble Response Center (TRC) is ready to help 24 hours a day – just call the hotline at (703) 323-1211, TTY 711.

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.
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