July 6, 2021
MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) experienced a Sanitary Sewer Overflow at 766 Johnston Avenue as a result of heavy rainfall that occurred on July 6. Approximately 20,250 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. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when encountering any standing water that may have accumulated because 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 hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.