Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

James Patteson,


Wastewater Management logo: Quality of Water = Quality of Life

Wastewater Management protects the public’s health and the region’s water quality by collecting and treating wastewater (sewage). The system collects and cleans up to 161 million gallons of wastewater per day for about 340,000 residential and business connections in Fairfax County. The county’s wastewater collection and conveyance system, one of the nation’s largest sanitary sewer systems, covers nearly 234 square miles.

Major Topics



Trouble Response/Emergency Response

man answering calls at desk men working on sewer Manhole cover


Sewer Service and Rates

Wastewater Disposal and Treatment

Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant


Outreach and Education


Environmental Stewardship

two men working from boat man working in lab reclaimed water pipes

Reports and Publications

Environmental Management

The Fairfax County Wastewater Management Program is committed to protecting and enhancing the environment and providing for the health, safety, and well-being of those who work, live, and visit in the county.

As an example of that commitment, the Wastewater Management Program has achieved the Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise (E4) status, the highest level of certification in the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program. Administered by the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program promotes the development of environmental management systems and pollution prevention programs by Virginia businesses and both local and state government agencies. The Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise (E4) level is achieved when a facility has fully implemented an environmental management system that has successfully run for a full year and has been verified by a third party auditor.

The Wastewater Management Program is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the environment and the health and safety of both the community and its employees through its E4 program. Currently, the divisions in the Wastewater Management Program are committed to recycling efforts, employee health and safety programs, air pollution reduction, water conservation and protection and nutrient reduction efforts.

Learn more about the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program.

Wastewater Management

It is the policy of the Fairfax County Wastewater Management Program to protect and enhance the environment and provide for the health, safety, and well being of those who work, live, and visit in Fairfax county. We commit ourselves to these principles:

  • Comply with or exceed all regulatory requirements.
  • Seek continual improvement by embracing opportunities and challenges of technological advancement, best management practices, and training.
  • Strive to eliminate negative environmental impacts through community involvement and engagement, pollution prevention, and employee training.
  • Establish open and consistent communication through employee and community partnerships.