May 23, 2022
Dauphin Island reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow
MOBILE, Ala. — Dauphin Island Water, Sewer and Fire Protection Authority responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on May 20. The overflow occurred at 1304 Bienville Boulevard. Approximately 3,000 gallons is estimated to have reached Graveline Bay.
Officials say the cause of the SSO was a leak in a tidal flow ditch line. The SSO is intermittent because of the pumping station cycling. The leak is below the tide level in the ditch. Officials believe a creak in a gravity sewer line is the cause.
Dr. Kevin Michaels, 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 this area of Graveline Bay 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.