MAWSS reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows

August 18, 2022

MAWSS reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) has dealt with several Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) over the last two days.

On August 17, MAWSS responded to an SSO at 7765 Airport Boulevard. Approximately 420 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Second Creek as a result of a break on a low-pressure sewer force main. MAWSS crews have repaired the sewer force main and are taking the necessary steps to prevent future overflows at this location.

MAWSS is currently experiencing wastewater overflows as a result of today’s heavy rains. The waterway affected is Eslava Creek. A complete list of overflow locations and volumes will be provided once all overflows have stopped.

Dr. Kevin P. 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 Second Creek or 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 hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.