August 22, 2023
MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on August 21 at 4612 Spring Hill Avenue (easement behind Carondolet Apartments).
Approximately 2,700 gallons of wastewater overflowed because of a grease blockage. MAWSS crews took quick action and reclaimed 1,700 gallons of the overflow; approximately 1,000 gallons went into Three Mile Creek. MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage and are taking steps to prevent further overflows at this location.
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 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 Three Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of this 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.