There are a few phone numbers that Hiram residents can call to report dumping activity.
If you would like to report dumping activity concerning Oil or Gas wells, dial The Ohio Department of Natural Resources at (330)-896-0616. This is a 24-Hour gas and oil hotline.
Any other dumping activity can be reported to The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency at (800)-282-9378.
Concerned Citizens Ohio/Hiram will be offering water monitoring the Fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Hiram Christian Church. The monitoring tests for four “indicators.” Using temperature and conductivity, our instrument calculates Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and salinity. We also test for chloride. These are “indicators” of water quality because they are not in themselves toxic or immediately harmful, but high levels might indicate the water contains minerals or chemicals that could be harmful. We establish baseline records to identify unusual chemical spikes if chemical migration underground, or industrial spills might have occurred . We are NOT able to do Tier III testing; we are NOT EPA certified; because you have brought in your water, we cannot establish a chain of custody. We do NOT test for bacteria (e coli for example). The purpose of our testing, is to establish a baseline level of the indicators, so that if chemical contamination, for example, from oil or gas drilling, or waste injection wells or industrial spills occurs, you will have warning that perhaps you should get an EPA certified lab Tier III test to find out precisely what chemicals are in your water before you continue to use it. The Sierra Club provided the training and the meters for this project, as part of their Water Sentinel Program. When a holiday falls on the fourth Monday of the month (for example, Memorial Day), our water monitoring will occur on the third Monday of the month. We will place notices in the Villager and the Record Courier and post notices the preceding month.