November 9, 2021
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 November 8. Both were the result of a grease blockage on the sewer main line.
One SSO took place at 2121 Bragg Avenue. A total of 1,350 gallons of wastewater overflowed. Quick response by MAWSS crews enabled them to reclaim the wastewater that overflowed.
The other SSO took place at 4067 Hillcrest Lane. A total of 785 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Moore Creek.
MAWSS crews have cleared the blockages, stopped the overflows, and are taking steps to prevent future 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. 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 Moore Creek for recreational purposes because of the Hillcrest Lane 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.