Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

April 26, 2021

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer responded to numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by heavy rains. Some of these overflows began on April 24 and some of them did not end until April 26. The nearest manhole locations, estimated amounts and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
Martha Ave. @ Old Citronelle Hwy.less than 1,000Gum Tree Branch
211 Patricia Ave.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Gum Tree Branch
830 Strauss Ave.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Toulmins Spring Branch
823 College St.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Toulmins Spring Branch
705 Sample St.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Toulmins Spring Branch
Prichard Ave. @ Newsome Ave.more than 1,000/less than 10,000Toulmins Spring Branch

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly. Area residents should take precautions when using Gum Tree Branch, Toulmins Spring Branch, and Three Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

April 26, 2021

Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Saraland Water and Sewer Service has reported a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred on April 24 at 814 Deer Run Avenue. Officials said the SSO occurred after a strong storm knocked out power to the Deer Run Lift Station. An estimated 2,000 gallons overflowed into a drainage ditch that leads to Bayou Sara. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly. Area residents should take precautions when using Bayou Sara for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 23, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on April 23 at 2107 Grove Court. Approximately 400 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Dog River as a result of a bypass hose failure. MAWSS crews have made repairs and are taking further steps to prevent future overflows at this location.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Dog River for recreational purposes because of the overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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MCHD supports annual Take Back Day for prescription drugs

April 21, 2021

MCHD supports annual Take Back Day for prescription drugs

MOBILE, Ala. — With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration announces its 20th annual Take Back Day is scheduled for April 24. At its last Take Back Day in October, DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. The DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs.

With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.

The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at collection sites which will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement. According to the DEA, the Mobile Police Department will provide a drop-off location at its headquarters (2460 Government Street in Mobile). The Mobile County Sheriff’s Department will have drop-off locations at Costco (1450 Tingle Circle East in Mobile), Walgreens #15151 (5707 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile), CVS #4888 (4453 Old Shell Road in Mobile), Walgreens #10851 (6395 Airport Blvd. in Mobile), CVS #7671 (1401 Hillcrest Road in Mobile), and its South Side Location (5808 U.S. 90 in Theodore). Medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop off locations provided lithium batteries are removed. Learn more about the event at www.deatakeback.com, or by calling 800-882-9539.

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 20, 2021

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer experienced two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) on April 19. These occurred because of the outfall line of the waste-water treatment plant. One overflow was at the intersection of Chin Street and Butts Street. The other overflow was at 317 East Elm Street. The estimated volume lost in both events was less than 1,000 gallons. Prichard officials say there was not any raw sewage lost. The entire volume was non-potable water that flowed into a storm drain that empties into Three Mile Creek. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly. Area residents should take precautions when using Three Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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