MAWSS provides final update on Dog River SSO 04.22.2023

April 22, 2023

MAWSS provides final update on Dog River SSO

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) leak on April 17 from a sewer force main break at 1601 Neshota Drive. Approximately 4,164,870 million gallons of wastewater leaked into an unnamed tributary to Dog River.

The leak has been contained since 1 p.m. on April 21. A MAWSS contractor made the necessary repairs to prevent further overflows.

An independent laboratory is performing water quality sampling and will continue until samples are back to normal. Please do not come into contact with any canal or waters associated with Dog River north of Halls Mill Creek until you are notified that it is safe to do so; this area may be expanded pending future sampling results.

Dr. Kevin Philip 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 Dog River 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.