In Olympic Valley California on November 8 2016, a report was made to the Placer County Department of health in regards to E. coli and coliform bacteria being present in the drinking water of Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. On Wednesday, November 30, a statement was released regarding the water quality at Squaw Valley upper mountain by Liesl Kenney, a Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. There had been an overwhelming abundance of water that flooded the upgraded water system which was installed over the summer at Squaw Valley’s High Camp and Gold Coast, and routine testing found that E. Coli and coliform bacteria were present. Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District were contacted immediately after the issue was found.
Since the report was made, there have been procedures done to ensure that the drinking water at Squaw Valley has been cleared of the bacteria. According to Wesley Nicks, the director of Placer County Environmental Health, three out of the four wells that serve the upper mountain have been showing no E. Coli present and low levels of coliform. At Squaw Valley, the safety of their customers is high priority, and they have been taking the appropriate measures to ensure their safety.
Guests at Squaw Valley’s High Camp and Gold coast are prohibited from drinking the water, and all restaurants are closed. However, the facilities are all open to include top-to-bottom skiing, and free bottled drinking water is provided until the issue is fully resolved. Currently, there have been no health issues reported.