October 31, 2022
MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on October 26, from a manhole at 6716 Hitching Post Court (On Easement). Approximately 49,300 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Milk House Creek as a result of heavy grease blockage on the main line.
MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage. Steps will be 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 www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.
Dr. Kevin P. 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 the Milk House 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.