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.