Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow 05.10.2023

May 10, 2023

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that took place May 9 at 400 Freida Avenue. An estimated 10,000 gallons reached Eight Mile Creek.

Prichard officials report the SSO was the result of power loss to Lift Station 15 at Winchester Road. They found the power to the lift station turned off at a disconnect. When they returned the power to the lift station, a transformer fuse was blown. Alabama Power replaced the transformer fuse and informed Prichard officials they had turned the power off to the lift station. Prichard officials said they were not notified, and this resulted in the SSO.

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 Eight 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.