There have been reports that E. Coli and coliform bacteria were detected in the drinking water of Squaw Valley upper mountain. The issues were first reported to the Placer County Department of Health on November 8th. The director of Placer County Health has reported that the water has been treated and 75% of the wells show no sign of coliform and there are no signs of E. Coli. Skiing has remained open, but restaurants have been closed and visitors were urged not to drink the water.
Public Relations Director for the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Liesl Kenney issued a statement on the issue. She stated that unusual amounts of rain during October was the root cause of the issue. The new water system installed was not able to handle all of the water that passed through. This new system was recently installed the past summer. She stated at no point was contaminated water available to the public and it was an isolated issue. Testing is being conducted and the proper officials have been notified. At no point will the water be used until the system is completely clear of the contamination. Safety is a top concern for the resort. While the issue is being resolved guests at the affected resorts will have access to free bottled water and normal access to all facilities during their stay. She went on to thank Placer County as well as the Squaw Valley Public Service District for all of their help in the resolving of this matter.