733,000-gallon sewage overflow reported in Prichard

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Heavy rains have led to more than 733,000 gallons of sanitary sewer overflow, according to a report from the Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board.

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These are the nearest manhole locations, estimated overflow, and receiving waters, according to a Mobile County Health Department news release:

Location

Estimated Gallons

Receiving Water

2497 Whistler St.

159,525

Gumtree Branch

218 Patricia Ave.

357,000

Gumtree Branch

N. Bessemer & Whistler

11,270

Gumtree Branch

830 Strauss Ave.

71,900

Toulmins Spring Branch

374 W. Highland St.

82,506

Toulmins Spring Branch

198 Wood St.

52,225

Chickasaw Creek

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Mobile County’s health officer, said area residents should take precautions near standing water that may have resulted from these overflows.

Those who encounter untreated sewage should wash their hands and clothing thoroughly, according to the release.

In addition, area residents should avoid Gumtree Branch, Toulmins Spring Branch and Chickasaw Creek for recreation.

They should also thoroughly clean and cook seafood harvested in these general areas and wash their hands after cleaning and preparing the seafood.

About sanitary sewer overflows

“Sanitary sewer systems collect and transport domestic, commercial, and industrial wastewater and limited amounts of stormwater and infiltrated ground water to treatment facilities for appropriate treatment,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website states.

“Occasionally, sanitary sewers will release raw sewage. These types of releases are called sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). SSOs can contaminate our waters, causing serious water quality problems, and back-up into homes, causing property damage and threatening public health.”

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At least 23,000 to 75,000 SSOs happen in the U.S. each year, according to the EPA.

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