MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow 6-1-24

June 1, 2024

MAWSS reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows in the Mobile area June 1 because of heavy rainfall. Wastewater overflows occur when heavy rains infiltrate aging sewer lines. MAWSS is addressing wastewater overflows with capital projects.

MAWSS sewer system is designed to collect and convey wastewater to a MAWSS wastewater treatment plant. During heavy rains, storm water infiltrates and inundates aging sewer lines causing manholes to overflow.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
766 Johnston Ave.18,750Eslava Creek
Westwood St. & Homewood St.4,025Eslava Creek

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 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 Eslava Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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