June 22, 2023
MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by heavy rains
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow at 50 Westwood Street on June 22 because of heavy rains. Approximately 2,550 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Woodcock Branch, a tributary of Eslava Creek.
Wastewater overflows occur when heavy rainfall infiltrates the sewer system. The overflow has stopped and MAWSS is addressing overflows with capital projects.
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 Woodcock Branch 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.