The City is issuing a Precautionary Boil Water Alert to about 2800 residents who live in certain western portions of Deerfield Beach. On December 18, 2018, a 12-inch pipe located behind the Shoppes at Deerfield Mall (3668 W. Hillsboro Blvd) burst. The water main break caused the pressure in the pipe to drop below 20 psi, which requires a precautionary boil water alert to those consumers who are in the affected areas. The areas affected are Quiet Waters Elementary School, the Shoppes at Deerfield Mall, and the Deer Creek neighborhood, north of Hillsboro Boulevard between Powerline Road and Military Trail. All other portions of the City are NOT affected. As a precaution, we advise that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient, as an alternative bottled water may be used. In an abundance of caution, the City of Deerfield Beach is collecting additional water samples to rule out any contamination. This sampling began on December 18, 2018, and will continue for at least two days to ensure the safety of the drinking water supplied to our residents, schools, and businesses. This “PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE” will remain in effect until a bacteriological survey confirms that the water is safe to drink. The City will issue an updated message as to when the order has been lifted. You can also check the City website, Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor social media platforms for updates.