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JACKSON TOWNSHIP — Residents of the Lake Latonka community are subject to a boil water advisory until at least Tuesday.

Aqua Pennsylvania issued the advisory at 3:30 p.m. Sunday because chlorine levels for water disinfection had fallen below the minimums mandated by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

According to a posting issued to Lake Latonka residents, the advisory was issued in response to an issue with the community's disinfection system, and the problem is repaired.

However, the advisory will remain in place until testing indicates that chlorine disinfection levels are fully restored, which could happen as soon as Tuesday.

During the advisory, Lake Latonka residents should use only boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, cooking, brushing teeth, washing dishes or food preparation.

Because of the disinfection problem, the water may contain organisms — including bacteria, viruses and parasites — that can cause illness.

Lake Latonka is a privately owned lakefront community in Jackson Township near Mercer. Its population was listed at 973 people in 2018.

A manager at the community declined to comment Monday on the boil-water advisory.