MAWSS updates Sanitary Sewer Overflow reaching Dog River 04.21.2023

April 21, 2023

MAWSS updates Sanitary Sewer Overflow reaching Dog River

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow leak on April 17 from a sewer force main break at 1601 Neshota Drive. The break occurred during construction activities by a third-party contractor, working for MAWSS, associated with the installation of the Eslava Creek Sewer Force Main Replacement Project.

The wastewater leak is ongoing. Approximately 4,094,670 million gallons of wastewater have leaked into a tributary to Dog River.

The force main leak has been significantly reduced at this time and is anticipated to be fully abated and/or contained by the next reporting period on April 21. 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 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.

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