Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

April 12, 2021

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer experienced a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that lasted from 8:31 a.m. on April 10 through 5 p.m. on April 11. This occurred because of the outfall line of the waste-water treatment plant.

The overflow was at the intersection of Chinn Street and Butts Street. It was in the range of more than 50,000 gallons and less than 75,000 gallons. Prichard officials say there was not any raw sewage lost. The entire volume was non-potable water that flowed into a storm drain that empties into Three Mile Creek.

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 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 hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by lift station failure

April 12, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by lift station failure

MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow at 4116 Perch Point Drive on April 11. Approximately 120 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Dog River because of a lift station failure. MAWSS crews have restored the power and made the necessary repairs at this location.

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 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 hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

Sentinel chicken program receives its newest recruits

April 9, 2021

Sentinel chicken program receives its newest recruits

MOBILE, Alabama — For more than 25 years, the Mobile County Health Department’s Vector Control has monitored sentinel chickens placed throughout the county to help detect the presence of viruses carried by mosquitoes.

The process began again this week as MCHD received 100 newly hatched chicks. A special facility houses the flock at Vector Services (a vector is any insect, rodent, or animal capable of harboring or transmitting diseases to humans) in Downtown Mobile. Each day the staff will feed the baby chicks, put in fresh water, and clean the cage that is heated by lamps. This process will continue until the chicks can be moved into the larger hen house located on the grounds at Vector Services.

“The arrival of spring brings the promise of showers, flowers, and mosquitoes,” said Dr. Rendi Murphree, an Epidemiologist who oversees the Bureau of Disease Surveillance and Environmental Services. “This week the Mobile County Health Department’s Vector Services division welcomed a flock of chicks that will serve as sentinels for surveillance of mosquito-borne infections once mature.”

It takes several months for the chicks to mature enough to be placed in the field. Vector Services staff said it would likely be May or June before these chickens are put into service.

Once mature, the chickens are vaccinated for fowl pox and the initial blood draw is made to ensure they test negative for any diseases. At that point, the hens — roosters are not included in the study — are banded for identification and tracking purposes. The birds are dispersed to 13 coops located in various predetermined locations throughout Mobile County.

Blood samples are collected weekly from the wings of two hens at each location, usually on Mondays. MCHD processes the blood samples and sends them to a lab in Tampa, Florida. Tests results are available later that week. The tests can reveal the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis.

With the use of 13 coops, only 52 hens are used at one time. The rest are kept in reserve. If one tests positive for a disease, it is removed from the field. If two birds from the coop test positive, all four birds are replaced.

MCHD began a project with the University of South Alabama in 2018 to test adult mosquito samples. This expanded disease detection to include Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya using high-throughput molecular methods.

The program continues into the fall, usually ending in November. At that point, the hens are given away to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. A new group of 100 chicks will start the program the following spring, as it did this week

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by debris blockage

April 2, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by debris blockage

MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on April 1 at 3262 Dauphin Street (Rear on Northgate). Approximately 33 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Eslava Creek as result of a debris blockage. MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage and are taking steps to prevent future overflows at this location.

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 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 the 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.

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