April 27, 2023
MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by heavy rain
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) experienced a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) at 766 Johnston Avenue as a result of the heavy rains and flooding that occurred on April 27. Approximately 6,500 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Eslava Creek.
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. Though highly diluted, the wastewater enters storm drains that lead directly to creeks and streams. MAWSS is currently pursuing capital projects to address wet weather overflows and rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer system.
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 Eslava Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. 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.