High levels of E.Coli found in Second Creek in Mobile after sewage spill
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Recent test results from Mobile Baykeeper show there are extremely high levels of E.Coli bacteria in Second Creek in Mobile.
Crews with Mobile Baykeeper took samples of the water after sewage went spilling into the creek this weekend. According to MAWSS crews, about 252,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into the creek as a result of a blockage of the main line. On Monday crews worked to repair the blockage and Mobile Baykeeper took samples to test the waters.
Cade Kistler with Mobile Baykeeper said there’s a total of 2,600 units of E.Coli bacteria in Second Creek. He said that’s three times the normal limit and those numbers will stay high for a while. Eventually, the bacteria will trickle off, wash away, and end up in the creek beds.
“With each sewage overflow, whether it’s an unfortunate accident or not, these pollutants are going to accumulate in those waterways, in Mobile Bay, and in the Gulf of Mexico”.