MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by blockage

November 17, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on November 16 at 600 Azalea Road and Skyline Drive North. A total of 825 gallons of wastewater overflowed as a result of a grease blockage and asphalt in a sewer main line.

Quick response by MAWSS crews enabled them to reclaim 425 gallons of the wastewater that overflowed. Approximately 400 gallons of wastewater flowed into Montlimar Creek.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage and removed the asphalt. Steps are being taken to prevent future overflows at this location.

Grease blockages occur when foods containing fats, oil or grease are put down the drain. MAWSS provides free containers for grease recycling. You can learn more about the program by visiting

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 Montlimar 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.