What is the City of Hiram doing to prevent stormwater pollution and protect our streams?
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:
770-943-3726, ext. 2004
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.
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, like this one, held on May 5, 2018:
Keep Paulding Beautiful Great American Cleanup
· Report stormwater pollution and illegal dumping to the City.
Georgia Stormwater Management Manual http://www.georgiastormwater.com/
Georgia River Network - https://garivers.org/
How to Recycle Your Plastic Containers - https://www.bottlestore.com/ways-to-reduce-reuse-recycle-plastic-containers
Ten Tips to Start Living Green in Your Home - https://www.angieslist.com/articles/10-tips-start-living-green-your-home.htm
How do I build a rain garden? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2EoHBnCCII
Only Rain in the Drain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMFFg56njZs
USGS Water Science for Schools - https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school
Kids Environmental Health - https://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/index.htm
Watersheds! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pwW2rlGIa8
GA Stormwater Management Manual (Blue Book) - https://atlantaregional.org/natural-resources/water/georgia-stormwater-management-manual/
Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia (Green Book) - https://gaswcc.georgia.gov/sites/gaswcc.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/GSWCC-2016-Manual-As-Approved-by-Overview-Council.pdf
How to Control Erosion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tja6j9dpYeU
Erosion Control that Works for your Property and Farm - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBMCK9RGHY0