In October, 2016 a heavy rain fall affected some of the water systems in Placer County. The storm led to the contamination of two water systems at Squaw Valley. They were at High Camp and Gold Coast. The water at the resort has been treated consistently since the incident, and is improving. Of the four wells involved, three are showing lower levels of coliform and none are currently showing E. coli. It is expected that the whole problem should be resolved in a very short time.
Restaurants at the upper mountain are still closed, and skiers are not allowed to drink the water, no health issues have been reported. Skiing is still allowed. The resort has been working with Placer County Environmental Health and other agencies to fix the problems caused by the inclement weather. Squaw Valley states that these were the only systems affected at the resort. All others are completely normal.
Squaw Valley Resort said that no contaminated water was ever available to the public during this time. Immediately after it was detected, actions were taken to protect the public. Squaw Valley will not return these two areas to normal water usage until they are assured by health officials that the water is again safe.
Squaw Valley says that the safety of their customers is extremely important to them and they are taking this issue very seriously. Guests at the affected areas will have free bottled water for drinking. They will let the public know when the issue has been completely resolved.