Sewer Spills

Report: Daphne Utilities Released Bacteria 4000% Above Legal Limit in January

Report: Daphne Utilities Released Bacteria 4000% Above Legal Limit in January

Mobile Baykeeper has once again discovered ongoing violations by Daphne Utilities. With Daphne Utilities releasing nearly three million gallons of partially treated sewage every day in January, the 4000% violation of legally allowable bacteria levels amounts to approximately 4.6 trillion colonies of bacteria above the legal limit being released into Mobile Bay during the month.

Everything You Need to Know About Our Lawsuit with Daphne Utilities

Everything You Need to Know About Our Lawsuit with Daphne Utilities

Last month, we filed a lawsuit against Daphne Utilities for not reporting sewage spills and violating the Clean Water Act. Here’s everything you need to know to get caught up:

Mobile Baykeeper Files Lawsuit Against Daphne Utilities for Clean Water Act Violations

Mobile Baykeeper Files Lawsuit Against Daphne Utilities for Clean Water Act Violations

The utility has failed to comply with its permit by falsely reporting, failing to report, and underreporting sewer spills into local rivers, creeks, and bays. 

Submit Your Comments on Bayou La Batre Sewage Permit

Submit Your Comments on Bayou La Batre Sewage Permit

The Bayou La Batre sewer plant NPDES permit is being reissued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). The public can comment on this permit until Friday 11/10.

Mobile Baykeeper is writing comments centered around one main idea; the permit needs to be protective of oyster farming!

We encourage you to submit your own comments about the permit to ADEM.

Fish River Protected From Sewer Line Under River

Fish River Protected From Sewer Line Under River

Thanks to the amazing response from the community and comments by Mobile Baykeeper the project was modified. The sewer line that is now in place was "hung" from the County Road 32 bridge, where a break or spill would be obvious and quickly fixed, a WIN for clean water and Fish River community members! This victory is clear proof that YOU can affect change!

Alabama Sewage Permits Become More Protective of Citizens

Alabama Sewage Permits Become More Protective of Citizens

Due to the efforts of water advocacy organizations throughout the state, sewage plants will not have to meet tighter limits for E. coli bacteria to make it safer to swim and fish in Alabama waterways. 

New Tools to Alert You of Sewage Spills

New Tools to Alert You of Sewage Spills

Thanks to those who took action and wrote letters demanding better public notification of sewer spills, ADEM has made two new tools available to the public that begin to help address the issue of notification.

D'Olive Creek Sewage Spill

D'Olive Creek Sewage Spill

A lightning storm knocked out power to pumps at Daphne Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant. The outage lasted approximately 12 hours and approximately 500,000 gallons of sewage spilled into D'Olive Creek.

Fly Creek Sewage Spill

Fly Creek Sewage Spill

It is Mobile Baykeeper's firm belief that utilities must do their utmost to review their systems, determine where deficiencies exist, invest in their systems, and when a spill occurs ensure that immediate and widespread notification takes place!

Interactive Map Released Highlighting Sewage Spills Across Alabama

Interactive Map Released Highlighting Sewage Spills Across Alabama

The data from the map shows that between 28.8 million - 42.6 million gallons of sewage overflows were reported in 2016, not including the 9% of spills reported that did not include a volume estimate. However, the true number of spills that actually occurred is far higher than the map indicates as there were many spills that were reported with incomplete data or not reported at all.