April 19, 2023
MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by third party
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow leak on April 17 from a sewer force main caused by a third party employed by MAWSS. This is associated with the installation of the Eslava Creek Sewer Force Main Replacement Project at 1601 Neshota Drive.
The wastewater leak is ongoing. Approximately 2.5 million gallons of wastewater have leaked into a tributary to Dog River. A MAWSS contractor is working to stop the leak. Additional information will be provided once the leak has stopped.
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 Dog River for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.