August 24, 2021
Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow
MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer experienced a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on August 23. Officials report heavy rainfall combined with inflow caused a hydraulic overload of the system.
The overflow was at Wood Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The estimated volume lost was more than 1,000 gallons but less than 10,000 gallons. The overflow reached Chickasaw 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 Chickasaw 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.