Boil Water Advisory Lifted for West Palm Beach


12 P.M. UPDATE 2/7: The City of West Palm Beach has lifted the city-wide precautionary boil water advisory affecting the University's West Palm Beach campus. Please run the water for 5 to 10 minutes before using the water for drinking, brushing teeth or washing dishes. The city's update is available here. 

5 P.M. UPDATE: The precautionary boil water notice remains in effect and has the potential to continue through the weekend. The City of West Palm Beach’s most recent update can be accessed by clicking here.

Do not use the water for brushing teeth, drinking or washing dishes. Neither the water, nor the ice, should be consumed by people or animals.

The University will continue caring for and communicating with residential students. Bottled water will be  available to residential students throughout the weekend. The next University-wide communication will take place when the City of West Palm Beach has an update. 

12:21 P.M. UPDATE:  Text alerts, emails, social media posts, posters on students’ residence doors and a notification on the University’s website has alerted our community that the City of West Palm Beach has issued a precautionary boil water notice after a water main break. 

Officials urge residents to not use tap water for the following, until the city issues a “Rescission” notice: 

  • Drinking water for you or your pets
  • Brushing teeth
  • Cooking
  • Making Ice (shut off the ice maker in your refrigerator)
  • Washing dishes. 

Bottled water is being delivered to residential students. In-person classes are being held.  

A water station for employees has been established at the Workship Office on the first floor of the Lassiter Student Center. Beginning at noon, employees can pick up water bottles on an as-needed basis. It is recommended you establish how much water your department will need for the rest of the day and send one representative per department. 

Aramark, our food service provider, is well aware of this temporary issue as it relates to all food-service. Aramark is taking the following precautions: 

  • Ice makers and soda fountains have been shut off. No fountain beverages will be available.
  • Residential dining will have bottled water available for consumption.
  • The menu is reduced. No fountain drinks, lemonade or iced tea is offered.
  • The Market convenience store will be restocked with bottled beverages.
  • Jack’s Coffee HAS CLOSED, as most of their operations require water.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels will stop serving coffee and selling produce.
  • Chick-fil-A is using the same practices as Aramark and is not closing. No salads are being served at Chick-Fil-A. Salads at the Fraser Dining Hall are made with pre-washed, pre-packaged lettuce. 
  • Boiled water will be used at the Fraser Dining Hall for menu preparation.
  • Disposable plates will be used for the duration of the advisory. 

In-person classes continue. Signs have been deployed throughout campus as a reminder not to drink the water or use it to brush teeth.

7:37 A.M. 2/5 ORIGINAL POST: A boil water alert has been issued for Palm Beach Atlantic’s West Palm Beach campus due to a water main break.

DO NOT use the water for brushing teeth, drinking or washing dishes. Also, do not use the ice. The water is not to be consumed by people or animals.

In-person classes will be held, and bottled water is being delivered to residential students. Update to follow.