January 25, 2024
MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by grease blockages
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) on January 24 that were caused by grease blockages.
One SSO took place at 1778 Princeton Woods Drive East. Approximately 65 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Clear Creek.
The other SSO took place at 6440 Rangeline Service Road. Approximately 240 gallons of wastewater was contained and did not reach state waters.
MAWSS crews have cleared both blockages and are taking steps to prevent further overflows at these locations.
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 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 the overflow. 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.