MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 4-11-24

April 11, 2024

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in the Mobile area on April 10 because of heavy rainfall.

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. MAWSS is addressing wastewater overflows with capital projects.

Below are the locations, estimated amounts and receiving water.  All overflows have stopped.

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
755 Johnston Ave.1,075Eslava Creek
766 Johnston Ave.375Eslava 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.