MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow 5-17-24

May 17, 2024

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on May 16 at 1601 Cedar Downs Drive. Approximately 2,400 gallons of wastewater overflowed because of a broken Air Release Valve (ARV) on the force main.

The overflow was contained and did not reach state waters. MAWSS crews stopped the overflow and will repair the valve to prevent further overflows at this location.

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.

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-15-24

May 15, 2024

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that began on May 14. One did not conclude until today. Heavy rains were the cause of the SSO’s.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
218 Patricia Ave.153,400Gum Tree Branch
2407 Whistler St.134,225Gum Tree Branch
N. Bessemer Ct. & Whistler St.210,925Gum Tree Branch
1300 N. MLK Dr.43,375Chickasaw Creek
830 Strauss Ave.89,700Toulmins Spring Branch
First Ave. & Owens St.90,600Toulmins Spring Branch
824 E. Seminary St.54,975Toulmins Spring Branch
823 N. College St.90,300Toulmins Spring Branch
705 Sample St.90,450Toulmins Spring Branch
1205 W. Highland St.181,800Toulmins Spring Branch
798 W. Highland St.249,650Toulmins Spring Branch

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 these overflows. 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 Gum Tree Branch, Chickasaw Creek, and Toulmins Spring Branch for recreational purposes because of these overflows. 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 on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-15-24

May 15, 2024

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in the Mobile area over a two-day period that started on May 13. These were caused by heavy rainfall.

MAWSS sewer system is designed to collect and convey wastewater to a MAWSS wastewater treatment plant. During heavy rains, storm water infiltrates and inundates aging sewer lines causing manholes to overflow.

Below are the documented locations, estimated volume and receiving waters:

766 Johnston Ave.8,800Eslava Creek
755 Johnston Ave.4,000Eslava Creek
McVay Dr. @ Navco Rd.46,500Eslava Creek
1301 Gulf Field Dr. W.3,075Eslava Creek
1701 Gulf Field Dr. E.3,075Eslava Creek
1102 Gimon Circle (2)Evidence onlyEslava Creek
1 Eslava St. (3)17,100Mobile River
Airport Blvd. easement (3)21,900Halls Mill Creek

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when encountering any standing water that may have accumulated because of these overflows. 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, Mobile River and Halls Mill Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. 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.

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-14-24

May 14, 2024

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that took place on May 13. Heavy rains were the cause of the SSO’s.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
218 Patricia Ave.118,525Gum Tree Branch
2407 Whistler St.32,325Gum Tree Branch
N. Bessemer Ct. & Whistler St.21,550Gum Tree Branch
830 Strauss Ave.41,200Toulmins Spring Branch
823 College St.10,625Toulmins Spring Branch
705 Sample St.32,025Toulmins Spring Branch
1205 W. Prichard Ave.43,000Toulmins Spring Branch

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 these overflows. 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 Gum Tree Branch and Toulmins Spring Branch for recreational purposes because of these overflows. 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 on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains 5-14-24

May 14, 2024

MAWSS reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to three Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in the Mobile area on May 13. These were caused by heavy rainfall.

MAWSS sewer system is designed to collect and convey wastewater to a MAWSS wastewater treatment plant. During heavy rains, storm water infiltrates and inundates aging sewer lines causing manholes to overflow.

Below are the documented locations, estimated volume and receiving waters:

766 Johnston Ave.1.900Eslava Creek
755 Johnston Ave.4,000Eslava Creek
McVay Dr. @ Navco Rd.46,500Eslava Creek

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when encountering any standing water that may have accumulated because of these overflows. 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 these overflows. 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.

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow 5-13-24

May 13, 2024

Bayou La Batre reports on 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 May 12. The cause was a pump failure at a master pump station.

The SSO occurred near 14395 Shell Belt Road. Less than 1,000 gallons were discharged. The SSO reached Bayou La Batre.

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 La Batre for recreational purposes because of these overflows. 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.

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.

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow 5-9-24

May 9, 2024

Bayou La Batre reports on 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 May 8. The cause was a broken abandoned sewer lateral.

The SSO occurred at 13300 Rasmussen Street. Less than 1,000 gallons were discharged. The SSO reached Carls Creek.

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 Carls Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. 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 5-8-24

May 8, 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 May 7 at 110 Long Street (located behind One Ten Student Living apartments).

Approximately 240 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Twelve Mile Creek because of a grease blockage on the main line. 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.

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.

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow 4-11-24

April 11, 2024

Prichard reports on several Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that took place on April 10. Heavy rains were the cause of the SSO’s.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters are listed below:

LocationEstimated GallonsReceiving Water
218 Patricia Ave.460,800Gum Tree Branch
2407 Whistler St.230,700Gum Tree Branch
N. Bessemer Ct. & Whistler St.10,500Gum Tree Branch
198 Wood St.75,700Chickasaw Creek
W. Highland & Singleton St.18,650Toulmins Spring Branch
W. Highland & Velma St.110,400Toulmins Spring Branch

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 these overflows. 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 Gum Tree Branch, Chickasaw Creek, and Toulmins Spring Branch for recreational purposes because of these overflows. 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.

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