Stormwater Pollution

What is the City of Hiram doing to prevent stormwater pollution and protect our streams?

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Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil, and sloped lawns. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports animal waste, litter, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil & grease, soil and other pollutants to our streams and lakes. Stormwater pollution can cause illness, impact fish populations, increase the cost of water and wastewater treatment and lower our quality of life.

The City of Hiram is dedicated to protecting and preserving our critical water resources for current and future residents and businesses. The Public Works Department manages the City's stormwater program by:

 

  • Inspecting and maintaining the stormwater infrastructure, including storm pipes, catch basins, outfalls, curbs, and gutters located in the City's rights of way;
  • Inspecting and encouraging maintenance of private stormwater ponds for business, industrial, and residential developments through education and code enforcement

Report of problem

 

To report a stormwater problem, such as: illegal dumping; suspicious discharge; muddy runoff; clogged drainage structures; flooding; and/or structure repairs, please contact:

 

Jody Palmer
Director of Public Works

770-943-3726, ext. 2004
jpalmer@hiram-ga.gov

 

All reported problems will be addressed during the hours of: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday Through Friday.  Please call 911 to report immediate emergencies. 


 

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How you can help?

 

·         Never dump anything down a storm drain or drainage ditch.

·         Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.

·         Throw litter in its place.

·         Clean up after your pet.

·         Check your vehicles for leaks (repair them!)

·         Reduce the amount of household hazardous wastes generated at home.

·         Compost yard clippings.

·         Use fertilizer and pesticide only when needed. (Read the label!)

·         If you wash your vehicle at home, do so on the lawn rather than on pavement.

·         Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent stormwater pollution and get involved in your       community by participating in a cleanup and recycling event.

·         Report stormwater pollution and illegal dumping to the City.

aDDITIONAL RESOURCES

  

Paulding County Recycling Locations

Surf Your Watershed - http://www.epa.gov/surf/

Environmental Fact Sheets - http://ehs.unc.edu/environmental/fact_sheets.shtml

Non-point Source Pollution Kids Pagehttp://www.epa.gov/OWOW/NPS/kids/index.html

 
    
 Environmental Kids Club

Clean Water Campaign - http://www.cleanwatercampaign.com/kids/index.html

Make a Water Filter - http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/waterfilter.html

Droplet and the Water Cycle - http://kids.mtpe.hq.nasa.gov/droplet.html

Georgia Stormwater Management Manual  http://www.georgiastormwater.com/

American Rivers

Center for Watershed Protection

Stormcenter - http://www.stormwatercenter.net/

Low Impact Development Center - http://www.lowimpactdevelopment.org/