MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockages

October 12, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by grease blockages

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows on October 12. Both were the result of grease blockages

One was at 6021 Scottsdale Drive. Approximately 1,800 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Clear Creek.

The other was at 6025 Scottsdale Drive. Approximately 5,400 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Clear Creek.

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 these overflows. 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 Clear Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.