Some people may still be worried about the safety of drinking water at Squaw Valley,California. This concern grew out of an incident that occurred at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in November, 2015. Here’s good news: there is no danger and no members of the public were ever exposed to unsafe drinking water.
The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is located in Olympic Valley, which is an unincorporated area of Placer County, California. It was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and is near the north shore region of Lake Tahoe.
Here’s the story of what happened. It is based on a statement issued by Lisel Kenney, public relations director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. The statement on squawalpine.com was published in the Sierra Sun on November 30, 2015.
Over the summer of 2015, a water system for the High Camp and Gold Coast sites was replaced. This is the upper mountain area of the resort. However, rainfall was unusually heavy during the month of October. This to flooding of the water system and wells. Water at Squaw Valley is regularly tested. In early November, tests revealed the presence of coliform and E. Coli bacteria due to contamination from runoff caused by the excess rainfall.
The Placer County Department of Environmental Health was notified immediately. The affected water system was shut down, and cleanup water treatments were initiated. By the end of November, three of the four upper mountain wells were clear of E. coli, but they still had traces of coliform bacteria. To insure that the drinking water was safe, Squaw Valley said it would keep restaurants closed and avoid putting the water system back into service until the water quality was completely restored.
The statement at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw_Valley_Ski_Resor also said that the public was never exposed to the contaminated water. No health issues related to the problem were reported.