Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative offices are open Mon – Fri by phone, email, and virtual 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Front-desk hours 9 a.m. – noon.

703-324-5015
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 358, Fairfax, Va 22035

Shahram Mohsenin,
Director, Wastewater Planning & Monitoring

Wastewater - What You Can Do

Unflushables

Wipes

AVOID COSTLY REPAIRS. THROW WIPES IN THE TRASH.

DON’T FLUSH WIPES AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS DOWN THE TOILET

Protect your pipes by properly disposing of “unflushables” such as wipes - even those labeled as flushable - and other non-dispersible paper materials (e.g., tissues, cotton balls, cotton swabs, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, paper towels, and other trash) in the trash.

Watch Protect Your Pipes, Trash Your Wipes Video

Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG)

Fats Oils and Grease

SAVE YOUR CASH. PUT ALL GREASE IN THE TRASH.

DON’T POUR FATS, OILS, OR GREASE DOWN THE DRAINS

Protect your pipes by properly disposing of fats, oils or grease in the following ways:

Learn More about Fats, Oils and Grease

Medications

Medications

PROTECT YOUR COMMUNITY AND WATER SUPPLY

DON’T FLUSH OR POUR MEDICATION DOWN TOILETS OR DRAINS

Flushed medications can bypass treatment and end up in lakes, rivers and streams.  Properly dispose of unused and expired medications in the following ways:

  • Participate in a semi-annual drug take back day (in October and April)
  • Use a permanent dropbox. Find one near you at Safe Disposal of Medicines | Health Department
  • Get a deactivation kit
  • Dispose using proper at home disposal options
  • Get more information on safely securing and disposing of unused medications English | Spanish

Follow the Health Department's instructions for Safe Disposal of Medicines | Health Department.

Get more information on upcoming Drug Take Back Days. Note: Information is updated before each event in October and April.

Plant Tour

Treatment Plant tour

LEARN MORE ABOUT WASTEWATER TREATMENT

TAKE A TOUR OF THE NOMAN M. COLE, JR., POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT

What happens to your dirty water when it goes down the drain after you flush your toilet, take a shower, wash your dishes, or do your laundry? Understanding the wastewater collections and treatment process can help you learn how we keep the Potomac River clean and what you can do to help protect the environment.

Watch Wastewater Management Video

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