NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ Newport residents have been informed their water contains higher than allowed levels of a carcinogen.
The Newport Daily News reports that trihalomethanes, a chemical compound formed when chlorine combines with organic matter, has been found in slightly elevated levels by the Newport Water Division.
Customers were sent a letter Tuesday notifying them of the problem.
Newport Water says situation is not an emergency and customers don't need to boil their water or take any other action.
The state Department of Environmental Management is requiring the city to build a new water treatment plant and upgrade an existing plant to meet federal water quality regulations that include removing trihalomethanes from the water.