Squaw Valley is one of many ski resorts that are located in Placer County in Olympic Valley, California. It is just one of the many resorts that felt the ill effects of heavy rain and snow fall in October. The heavy rain and snow caused water supplies in the mountain region to become contaminated. This occurred after the resort had made an upgrade to the entire water system. The owners of the resort moved quickly to resolve the problem. Luckily the problem in Squaw Valley was contained before it ever made it to the public.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows does own two other ski camps in the area, but the issue is being resolved with the help of the Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service Department. Customers at the two camps, which include High Camp and Gold Coast, are given free bottled water to drink. The guests are also notified of the problem, and the restaurants are closed. The water supply is constantly being monitored for E. coli, which at this time is not present. Because the owners of the resort moved quickly to solve the problem no health issues were ever reported in any of the Squaw Valley camps.
In a statement given by the director of Placer County Environmental Health it was explained that all of the systems will be up and running as soon as they pass extensive testing as no bacteria will be permitted. The water supply is being treated continuously. Flushing of the system with chlorine treatments and putting sodium hydro-chloride in the water is part of that treatment plan. With this on-going water treatment the company expects the entire system to up and running soon.