MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-14-24

May 14, 2024

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to three Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in the Mobile area on May 13. These were caused by 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.

Below are the documented locations, estimated volume and receiving waters:

766 Johnston Ave.1.900Eslava Creek
755 Johnston Ave.4,000Eslava Creek
McVay Dr. @ Navco Rd.46,500Eslava Creek

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when encountering any standing water that may have accumulated because 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.