August 29, 2021
MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by blockage in private lateral
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a private property Sanitary Sewer Overflow on August 26 at 6941 Old Pascagoula Road. Approximately 96,400 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Rabbit Creek because of a blockage in the private lateral.
This blockage was on a private lateral and maintaining this line is the owner’s responsibility. However, MAWSS crews removed the blockage when attempts to reach the responsible party were unsuccessful. MAWSS will continue its attempts to contact the owner to notify them of needed repairs to prevent future overflows.
Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, 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 Rabbit Creek for recreational purposes because of the 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.