MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage 2-23-24

February 23, 2024

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 February 22 from a manhole at 429 Bel Air Boulevard. Approximately 22,480 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Eslava Creek as a result of a grease blockage on the main line.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage. Steps will be taken to prevent future 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 Eslava 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.

HEO observes African American History Month 02.23.2024

February 23, 2024

HEO recognizes Washington family during African American History Month

MOBILE, Ala. — In honor of African American History month, MCHD’s Health Equity Office is highlighting African Americans who made a significant contribution in the lives of Mobile County residents. Featured below is a brief biography of Oliver Washington, the first licensed Black Nurseryman in Alabama. We are proud to highlight three generations of entrepreneurial acumen in the horticultural industry.

Here is a link to the Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail website which features audio tours of 32 points of interest about people and places that have had and continues to have an impact on shaping the history of Mobile — https://www.dffaaht.org/point-of-interest. We hope you find the information engaging, interesting, and informative.


Just a mile outside the gates of Mobile County’s world-famous Bellingrath Gardens stands a business that — like its glorious neighbor — is a vibrant, living monument to the entrepreneurial spirit of Oliver Douglas Washington Jr. Starting from humble beginnings in 1945 as a backyard nursery and selling plants from the back of his pickup truck he laid the foundation for a business that has grown to serve customers throughout the southeast, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

As a young man, Mr. Washington Jr. worked at Flowerwood Nursery, where he developed a love for plants and the idea of owning a successful greenhouse operation. He served his country as a Merchant Seaman during World War II. Upon his return home with the dream of owning his nursey, he started a backyard nursery. He became the first licensed Black nurseryman in Alabama. Each Spring, he rented land from Bellingrath Gardens to set up his roadside plant stand. After several years, he purchased that land, and this was the beginning of owning his greenhouse operations.

In the meantime, Oliver Douglas Washington III, who grew up working with his father and other family members selling azaleas and camellias, decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Alabama A&M University and a master’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Florida. After returning to Mobile, he worked for another company, but began working on his first greenhouse with the idea of making his father dream a reality. In 1978, Mr. Washington (known as Big Ollie) left his job, built six more greenhouses, incorporated Shore Acres Plant farm, and expanded sales to regional retail stores. In 1979, Hurricane Frederic flatten everything, but thanks to the tenacity of its owner the business still stands strong.

Today, Oliver Douglas Washington IV has assumed the torch of running the family business that began more than 78 years ago. He is a third-generation nurserymen and horticulturist. He attended Auburn University and Alabama A&M University while majoring in Horticulture and Plant Science. He supervises more than 50 employees and handles more than 400 species of plants. In addition to the complex of greenhouses, they have 12 acres of fields where they raise 1-gallon perennials.

Something is always in bloom at Shore Acres from fiery poinsettias at Christmas, to dazzling marigolds and begonias in the spring, to brilliant mums and pansies in the fall. He says what makes Shore Acres unique is their customer service, “We are open seven days a week, and we deliver small orders as willingly as we do for large chain stores.”

Shore Acres Plant Farm is located 11545 Bellingrath Road in Theodore. To learn more, visit https://saplantfarm.com.

MAWSS updates Sanitary Sewer Overflow report 2-15-24

February 15, 2024

MAWSS updates Sanitary Sewer Overflow report

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on February 10 from a manhole at 408 Vanderbilt Road.

MAWSS first reported that approximately 85 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Three Mile Creek as a result of a grease blockage on the main line. The body of water has been corrected to have been Twelve Mile Creek.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage. Steps will be taken to prevent future 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 Twelve 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.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage 2-14-24

February 14, 2024

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 February 10 from a manhole at 408 Vanderbilt Road. Approximately 85 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Three Mile Creek as a result of a grease blockage on the main line.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage. Steps will be taken to prevent future 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.

Public Health Response Unit 1 ready for Carnival season 02.08.2024

February 8, 2024

Public Health Response Unit 1 ready for Carnival season

MOBILE, Ala. — The presence of golf carts operated by Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) staff during Carnival season is a familiar sight. The vehicles allow the food inspectors better access to review vendors throughout Downtown Mobile.

In an effort to increase its ability to help make sure our citizens and visitors have an enjoyable experience up through Mardi Gras, Public Health Response Unit 1 has been set up at the corner of Dauphin Street and Saint Joseph Street near Bienville Square. The trailer was previously used to provide COVID-19 vaccine and testing in the community.

Public Health Response Unit 1 will be used as command center for MCHD’s Inspection Services. It will also serve as a base for MCHD staff who have volunteered to distribute bottles of hand sanitizer during parades.

It is one of the two Public Health Response Units operated by MCHD’s Prevention & Wellness directorate. These are 2022 ATC Quest Custom Medical Trailers. They were secured with grants to expand public health response for emerging diseases from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, states the Public Health Response Units will help MCHD obtain one of its primary goals: encouraging health interventions by providing collaborative and informative education to the community. Disease prevention, community resource services, health promotion, and health education are many of the services provided by Prevention & Wellness at the Health Department.

Swim advisory lifted for Dog River 02.08.2024

February 8, 2024

Swim advisory lifted for Dog River

MOBILE, Ala. — A swimming advisory issued by the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) for Dog River near the Alba Fishing & Hunting Club has been lifted. Recent water samples at this location indicate bacteria values are back below the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) threshold of 104 enterococcus organisms per 100 milliliters for marine water.

The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management operate the bacteriological water quality monitoring and notification program under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s BEACH (Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health) Act Program. This program involves the routine collection of water samples from a total of 25 coastal recreational sites in Mobile and Baldwin counties (to see the testing locations please visit www.adem.state.al.us/programs/coastal/BeachMonitoring.cnt).

In the summer months, samples are taken once or twice a week at the most highly used sites and biweekly at the other sites. All sites are tested once a month in the cooler months.

Samples are analyzed for enterococci bacteria. High counts indicate that the possibility that other disease-causing germs could be present in the water. Based on EPA’s “Criteria for Bathing (full body contact) Recreational Waters,” samples are checked for enterococcus bacteria. These indicator bacteria are inhabitants of the intestines of humans and other warm-blooded animals.

Bacterial concentrations in recreational waters can increase during and immediately following rainstorms because of overflowing sewage collection and treatment facilities, storm water runoff and malfunctioning septic systems.

When monitoring results exceed the EPA standard, the affected site is immediately retested. If the results of the second test identify enterococci levels persisting above the EPA standard, the health department through the cooperative efforts of the news media will issue a public advisory.

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow 2-8-24

February 8, 2024

Bayou La Batre reports 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 on February 7. The cause was a leak in a main line.

The SSO occurred at 14801 Riva Road in Coden. Less than 1,000 gallons of wastewater was absorbed by the ground and did not reach a body of water.

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.

Swim advisory issued for Dog River 02.07.24

February 7, 2024

Swim advisory issued for Dog River

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department advises the public that swimming water quality on Dog River near the Alba Fishing & Hunting Club is poor. Swimming in this area might lead to an increased risk of illness. Recent tests at this sample site rose above acceptable levels.

Monitoring will continue and the advisory will be lifted once bacteria values fall below the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) threshold of 104 enterococcus organisms per 100 milliliters for marine water.

The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management operate the bacteriological water quality monitoring and notification program under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s BEACH (Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health) Act Program. This program involves the routine collection of water samples from a total of 25 coastal recreational sites in Mobile and Baldwin counties (to see the testing locations please visit www.adem.state.al.us/programs/coastal/BeachMonitoring.cnt).

In the summer months, samples are taken once or twice a week at the most highly used sites and biweekly at the other sites. All sites are tested once a month in the cooler months. The Dog River location will be tested again in the coming days.

Samples are analyzed for enterococci bacteria. High counts indicate that the possibility that other disease-causing germs could be present in the water. Based on EPA’s “Criteria for Bathing (full body contact) Recreational Waters,” samples are checked for enterococcus bacteria. These indicator bacteria are inhabitants of the intestines of humans and other warm-blooded animals.

Bacterial concentrations in recreational waters can increase during and immediately following rainstorms because of overflowing sewage collection and treatment facilities, storm water runoff and malfunctioning septic systems.

When monitoring results exceed the EPA standard, the affected site is immediately retested. If the results of the second test identify enterococci levels persisting above the EPA standard, the health department through the cooperative efforts of the news media will issue a public advisory.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage 2-7-24

February 7, 2024

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 February 6 from a manhole at 1642 Levene Road. Approximately 120 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Robinson Bayou as a result of a grease blockage on the main line.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage. Steps will be taken to prevent future 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 Robinson Bayou 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.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage 2-6-24

February 6, 2024

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a private property Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on February 5. The SSO was caused by a grease blockage at 219 Dauphin Street.

MAWSS officials reported 120 gallons of wastewater overflowed into private property and did not reach state waters. 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.

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