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

Sharon North,
Public Information Officer

Polluted Runoff is a Leading Cause of Water Pollution

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In Fairfax County and other areas of the country, polluted stormwater runoff is a leading cause of water pollution. The county drainage system is designed to convey stormwater, rain and snowmelt, from the land to lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. Stormwater is not conveyed to a water treatment plant.

Stormwater from streets, yards and parking lots may carry chemicals, bacteria and trash into the storm drainage system, to streams and rivers and to the Chesapeake Bay.

Working together, we can prevent water pollution that harms fish, wildlife and natural habitats.

Here are a few examples of steps anyone can take to prevent water pollution:

  • Secure trash and recycle containers to prevent these items from becoming litter
  • Follow the manufacturers’ instructions to minimize pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers used on lawns
  • Take vehicles to a commercial car washing establishment which prevents dirty, soapy water from entering a storm drain in your street
  • Avoid raking or blowing grass clippings into storm drains
  • Call 703-324-5500, TTY 711 to report items such as paint, fertilizer or other chemicals that are deposited into storm drains
  • Call 911 in an emergency situation where materials are deposited into a storm drain that could result in imminent danger to public health and safety

For more information about preventing water pollution, see the Illicit Discharge and Improper Disposal Program web page.

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