Press release from the Mobile County Health Department
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a sanitary sewer
overflow on April 25 at 4519 Cypress Business Park Drive. About 552,000 gallons of sewer overflowed into Halls Mill Creek as a result of a corroded ductile iron sewer mainline that
is 20 feet underground.
MAWSS crews have since discovered additional fractures on the mainline. While working to
repair the mainline, the overflow resumed and has spilled an additional 30,000 gallons that are being contained and not currently overflowing into Halls Mill Creek.
At 4505 Brentwood Drive, 3,300 gallons has overflowed from a clean-out and spilled into an unnamed tributary of Halls Mill Creek. Water quality sampling is being performed by an independent laboratory. Clean-up and mitigation of the soil is underway. Contaminated soil will be properly disposed of.
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 Halls Mill Creek for recreational purposes because of the 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.