MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow 5-17-24

May 17, 2024

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on May 16 at 1601 Cedar Downs Drive. Approximately 2,400 gallons of wastewater overflowed because of a broken Air Release Valve (ARV) on the force main.

The overflow was contained and did not reach state waters. MAWSS crews stopped the overflow and will repair the valve to prevent further overflows at this location.

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.

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-15-24

May 15, 2024

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that began on May 14. One did not conclude until today. Heavy rains were the cause of the SSO’s.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
218 Patricia Ave.153,400Gum Tree Branch
2407 Whistler St.134,225Gum Tree Branch
N. Bessemer Ct. & Whistler St.210,925Gum Tree Branch
1300 N. MLK Dr.43,375Chickasaw Creek
830 Strauss Ave.89,700Toulmins Spring Branch
First Ave. & Owens St.90,600Toulmins Spring Branch
824 E. Seminary St.54,975Toulmins Spring Branch
823 N. College St.90,300Toulmins Spring Branch
705 Sample St.90,450Toulmins Spring Branch
1205 W. Highland St.181,800Toulmins Spring Branch
798 W. Highland St.249,650Toulmins Spring Branch

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 Gum Tree Branch, Chickasaw Creek, and Toulmins Spring Branch 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.

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-15-24

May 15, 2024

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in the Mobile area over a two-day period that started on May 13. These were caused by heavy rainfall.

MAWSS sewer system is designed to collect and convey wastewater to a MAWSS wastewater treatment plant. During heavy rains, storm water infiltrates and inundates aging sewer lines causing manholes to overflow.

Below are the documented locations, estimated volume and receiving waters:

766 Johnston Ave.8,800Eslava Creek
755 Johnston Ave.4,000Eslava Creek
McVay Dr. @ Navco Rd.46,500Eslava Creek
1301 Gulf Field Dr. W.3,075Eslava Creek
1701 Gulf Field Dr. E.3,075Eslava Creek
1102 Gimon Circle (2)Evidence onlyEslava Creek
1 Eslava St. (3)17,100Mobile River
Airport Blvd. easement (3)21,900Halls Mill Creek

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when encountering any standing water that may have accumulated because 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 Eslava Creek, Mobile River and Halls Mill Creek 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.

MCHD bureau director earns doctorate degree 05-15-24

May 15, 2024

MCHD bureau director earns doctorate degree

MOBILE, Ala. — Derrick Scott has many titles at the Mobile County Health Department. Along with being the Bureau Director of Environmental Health Services, he also oversees the Public Health Response Units, and the MCHD Activities Team (previously known as the Cannon Team) that fires the cannon to start local races.

However, he recently obtained another designation. That is “doctor.”

Scott has earned his Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from Virginia University of Lynchburg. This achievement highlights an academic career that began with an Associate of Science degree from Lawson State Community College in Fire Science/General Studies, a Bachelor of Science degree from Athens State University in Public Health and Safety Administration, and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University.

“After graduating high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves,” Scott said. “My public service career started in 1989 with the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service. I worked my way through the ranks and retired with 20 years of service in 2009 as a Fire Lieutenant.

“After moving to Mobile, I was hired as the Chief Property Maintenance Officer for the City of Mobile. This department handled various municipal enforcement ordinances.”

Eventually, his career path would lead him to the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County. There he served as the Planning Consultant I.

“As a planning consultant, I was responsible for preparing and updating emergency plans for hurricanes, floods, biohazard spills, and any other natural or man-made disasters that threaten the health and safety of Escambia County residents,” he said. “In addition, I was responsible for COVID-19 testing and vaccination at various sites throughout the county.

“Doing my civic duty during the pandemic was one of my most valued accomplishments. My experience as a firefighter and my education would be keys to my continued success in public service.”

Scott arrived at MCHD in 2021, working as a Public Health Administrative Support Specialist assisting Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford, Executive Director of Prevention and Wellness. He was later promoted to Bureau Director of Environmental Health Services, which has Onsite Sewage, Inspection Services, and Vector Control. The bureau has more than 50 employees with a combined budget of $4.3 million.

“We use this budget to make sure that the health and safety of Mobile County residents are protected,” he said. “We protect our residents by regulating food and lodging, onsite sewage, and reducing vector-borne illness.

“The health and safety of the public has always been my passion and it started early in my career.”

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-14-24

May 14, 2024

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that took place on May 13. Heavy rains were the cause of the SSO’s.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
218 Patricia Ave.118,525Gum Tree Branch
2407 Whistler St.32,325Gum Tree Branch
N. Bessemer Ct. & Whistler St.21,550Gum Tree Branch
830 Strauss Ave.41,200Toulmins Spring Branch
823 College St.10,625Toulmins Spring Branch
705 Sample St.32,025Toulmins Spring Branch
1205 W. Prichard Ave.43,000Toulmins Spring Branch

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 Gum Tree Branch and Toulmins Spring Branch 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.

Tover transforms pediatric waiting room into the ‘Imaginarium Aquarium’ 05.14.24

May 14, 2024

Tover transforms pediatric waiting room into the ‘Imaginarium Aquarium’

MOBILE, Ala. — As part of its continued focus and investment in children and their care, Family Health – the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department — decided to upgrade its pediatric waiting area at its downtown Mobile location. The immersive full-scale wall mural painting is designed to engage the eyes and minds of children.

The agency commissioned award-winning local artist Ty Tover, to paint the waiting area in such a way that it would both amaze and captivate children’s minds while they wait to see their physician.

Tover has affectionately dubbed the newly painted space the “Imaginarium Aquarium” because his massive and stylized fish come to life with bold colors and whimsical brush strokes.

“The ‘Imaginarium Aquarium’ is a mural to depict the same, but different, vibrant colors representing the vibrancy of the children and the families that we serve,” said Tover, who is also a peer counselor at MCHD. “We have both koi fish and goldfish swimming. Within the koi fish and goldfish, you find hidden images that the children will seek out. And all of the fish will glow under fluorescent lights.”

Additionally, the “Imaginarium Aquarium” will include surprises like hidden common shapes and characters that will be part of a “scavenger hunt” in which children can participate while they wait to see their doctor.

Cats, hearts, and other shapes are hidden amongst the fish. Children can use the scavenger hunt page that will be available in the pediatric waiting area to check off shapes and characters as they find each hidden surprise on the walls.

Activities such as scavenger hunts can help build children’s observational skills and teach collaboration and teamwork which enhance their language and communication skills, problem-solving skills, and social-emotional intelligence. Additionally, parents, guardians and caregivers can engage with their children as they participate in this activity to observe the growth and development of their children.

This project couples perfectly with Family Health’s participation in the Prescription for Play (P4P) Learning Collaborative which emphasizes the importance of well-child visits and supporting the achievement of developmental milestones in children. Family Health care teams have trained on the importance of play for children and ways for providers to encourage parents and caregivers to use play as a means of identifying potential developmental delays.

Since its inception in 1979, Family Health has provided high quality compassionate health services to the people of Mobile County. Call for an appointment at 251-690-8889.

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-14-24

May 14, 2024

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to three Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in the Mobile area on May 13. These were caused by heavy rainfall.

MAWSS sewer system is designed to collect and convey wastewater to a MAWSS wastewater treatment plant. During heavy rains, storm water infiltrates and inundates aging sewer lines causing manholes to overflow.

Below are the documented locations, estimated volume and receiving waters:

766 Johnston Ave.1.900Eslava Creek
755 Johnston Ave.4,000Eslava Creek
McVay Dr. @ Navco Rd.46,500Eslava Creek

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when encountering any standing water that may have accumulated because 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 Eslava Creek 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.

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow 5-13-24

May 13, 2024

Bayou La Batre reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — The Utilities Board of the City of Bayou La Batre has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred May 12. The cause was a pump failure at a master pump station.

The SSO occurred near 14395 Shell Belt Road. Less than 1,000 gallons were discharged. The SSO reached Bayou La Batre.

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 Bayou La Batre 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.

‘Heat Risk’ feature added to MCHD’s smartphone app 05.13.24

May 13, 2024

‘Heat Risk’ feature added to MCHD’s smartphone app

MOBILE, Ala. — As the summer season approaches, those within our community must take steps to protect themselves from high heat exposure.

Heat-related illnesses can occur when the body is exposed to high temperatures for prolonged periods. These conditions can range from mild to severe and life-threatening and can include heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

The highest temperature recorded in Mobile in 2023 was 106 °F which happened on August 26, and 2024 is predicted to reach the same level of record-setting heat. In the United States, the percentage of population living in areas exposed to dangerous heat is highest in the South.

The Mobile County Health Department’s smartphone app has recently been updated to include a new tool to track local “Heat Risk.” The tool is a health-based heat forecast developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It integrates health and temperature data to deliver a 7-day outlook for hot weather. “Heat Risk” uses a 5-level scale to indicate how risky the heat level is in a specific area. Each level uses a color to represent risks from heat exposure.

The new tool can be found on the MCHD smartphone app by navigating to the home page, clicking on the “MORE” Section and then selecting the newly added tab called “CDC Heat Risk Dashboard.”

Family Health, the primary care division of MCHD, hopes the “Heat Risk” tool will help the community navigate the heat this summer to prevent and protect against any heat related illnesses and dangerous exposure.

The app is available to download for free in the App Store and Google Play. Search “My MCHD Health Check” or use the following link to download the app — https://apps.myocv.com/share/a65536603. The app can be used in both English and Spanish.

Saraland reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow 5-10-24

May 10, 2024

Saraland reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Saraland Water and Sewer Service has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred on May 10. The event was a result of the strong storms that crossed over Mobile County.

According to Saraland officials, there was a higher-than-normal flow rate because of holding final effluent until the second generator could be connected for ultraviolet disinfection. This came after the automatic emergency generator had a starter failure and was combined with elevated creek levels.

The SSO was comprised of fully treated effluent, having received primary and secondary biological treatment, as well as final disinfection. A range of 25,000 to 50,000 gallons overflowed at the corner of Bill Myles Drive and Station Street into a storm ditch that leads to Bayou Sara.

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 Bayou Sara 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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