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WILKES-BARRE -- Pennsylvania American Water today issued a precautionary boil water advisory to customers in the Mocanaqua area of Luzerne County due to malfunctioning signal equipment at a storage tank.

The company said the malfunction caused a loss of positive water pressure, which is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow by backpressure or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the water might contain disease-causing organisms.

This notice applies to approximately 250 customers in Mocanaqua, the company said in a news release Monday night.

The company advised customers not to drink the water without boiling it first.

The company said customers should bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Inadequately treated or inadequately protected water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and associated headaches.

If you have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.

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