Surf City officials say the town is working to get levels of contaminants in its water in compliance with standards.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/1mZXBip ) 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.