Surf City moving to improve town drinking water

The Associated Press

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SURF CITY — Surf City officials say the town is working get levels of contaminants in its water in compliance with standards.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports Saturday that quarterly testing of the town’s drinking water has consistently revealed higher-than-maximum levels of trihalomethane and haloacetic acids in recent years.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has sent the town nearly a dozen state violation notices that its drinking water contains contaminants exceeding the maximum limit.

Trihalomethane is a carcinogen can be a byproduct of oil and gas drilling and may also be found in agricultural fertilizer. Haloacetic acid is a common byproduct of chlorine used in the water treatment process.

Town officials say the water is safe to drink.