MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

January 28, 2022

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by a third party on January 26. Approximately 671.5 gallons of wastewater overflowed because of a heavy grease blockage in a private manhole.

Of that amount, an estimated 471.5 gallons of wastewater was contained while approximately 200 gallons of wastewater flowed into Montlimar Creek. The wastewater overflow has stopped. The owner of the property was notified to clear the grease blockage.

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.