March 20, 2023
MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on March 19 at 4820 Government Boulevard. Approximately 785 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Spring Creek because of a broken sewer main line caused by a grease blockage.
The grease blockage has been cleared. MAWSS will repair the mainline 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 www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.
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 Spring 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.