The City of Abilene is taking extra precautions to make sure hazardous materials don't end up in your drinking water.
New blue markers are being added on storm drains around Abilene. The city said most pollutants come through the storm drains.
"It has been a problem," City Stormwater Coordinator, Nicole Eaves said. "We get a lot of litter you see the trash blowing through town. The liter goes down are storm drains."
Visual reminders will now be placed with blue markers on the sub-surface drains around town. The markers will read "No dumping - drains to waterway."
The city plans on installing 150 storm drain markers throughout Abilene starting next week.
Any chemicals that go through the storm drain eventually flow straight to Lake Fort Phantom, O.H. Ivie and Hubbard Creek Reservoir, which are Abilene's primary water sources.
Mike Michaud with the City of Abilene is the water laboratory manager and looks for all types of chemicals that pollute your drinking water.
The drinking water is tested for over 200 chemicals a month at the water laboratory site in Abilene. Their goal is to make sure your water is clean.
"We have to look for the toxicity and the effects that chemical has on both drinking water and the waste water plant," Michaud said.
These are the materials that can end up in storm water runoff: litter, yard waste, pet waste, sediment from constructions sites along with other pollutants.