Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

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

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
  • Use a permanent dropbox
  • Get a deactivation kit
  • Mix with inedible substance and throw in the trash

Download Drug Takeback Day Brochure

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

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

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, and other non-dispersible paper materials (e.g., tissues, cotton balls, Q-tips, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, paper towels, and other trash) in the trash.

Watch Protect Your Pipes, Trash Your Wipes Video

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 Treatment Video

Identify and Report

overflowing sewer at manhole

WE CAN’T BE EVERYWHERE.

IF YOU SEE SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OR SEWER OVERFLOWS - CONTACT US.

We count on you to help us protect our infrastructure and environment from mayhem.  Contact our 24-7 Trouble Response Center if you see problems.

KEEP OUR WORKERS SAFE

Crew and camera

IF YOU SEE OUR DEDICATED CREWS WORKING, PLEASE GIVE THEM ROOM TO DO THEIR JOBS.

System pipes are sometimes difficult to reach.  They may be under homes, under roads, or through streams and parks.  Fairfax County wastewater management has a robust preventative maintenance program that is designed to protecting the wastewater collection system infrastructure and minimize expenses associated with system repairs.