Recently, Squaw Valley, California made the news for E. Coli and Coliform bacteria that was detected in the water supply on the upper mountain. The affected area included Squaw Valley, a popular ski resort area. The potential health issues were first reported on November 8, 2016 to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health and since that point, the water has been treated consistently and shown improvement. Three of the four wells in the area show low levels of coliform and no E. coli at all. At this point, restaurants still remain closed and skiers in the area are advised not to drink the water, but no health issues have been reported that are related to the water event.
Squaw Valley recently issued a statement regarding the issue that stated the following.
In October the area received unusually heavy rains that affected numerous water systems in the area on SierraSun.com. For Squaw Valley, the heavy rains caused an inundation of a recently upgraded water system located at Gold Coast and High Camp. Squaw Valley immediately notified Placer County Environmental Health on Weather when they detected issues during routine testing and immediately consulted with leading water safety experts. They quickly took the steps to address the issue and will continue working on it until it is fully resolved. They will not allow regular water to be used in the area until health officials and water experts give the water supply an all clear.
Squaw Valley considers the health of their customers to be of the utmost importance. They have taken the contaminated water quite seriously and will continue to work on it to the best of their ability. They are still allowing normal and full access to their facilities, and to ensure guests are properly cared for they are giving out free bottled water for drinking. Squaw Valley will issue a statement when the issue is fully resolved.