During a recent standard test to measure water safety and quality at Squaw Valley, they discovered E. coli and coliform bacteria in the water. Heavy rains forced Squaw Valley Mountain to upgrade its water system in two separate locations; one at High Camp and another at Gold Coast. The contamination occurred as a result of this upgrade. Fortunately, the contamination occurred only in the two locations mentioned and contaminated water was never made available to the general public. Once Squaw Valley realized the water was contaminated, they immediately contacted Placer County Environmental Health and Squaw Valley Public Service District to remedy the issue. Currently, the water is still undergoing various treatments to return the water to a safe and drinkable state. All restaurants at High Camp and Gold Coast are closed, but the slopes remain open. Guests are free to ski or snowboard as usual. With each passing day, the water treatments are proving successful in removing the E. coli and coliform bacteria that was first discovered. Fortunately, no health issues related to this incident have been reported and Squaw Valley will be providing guests with bottled waters for drinking. Guests at High Camp and Gold Coast will have full access to Squaw Valley’s other facilities. Maintaining the high level of transparency with Squaw Valley’s guests and the public, Squaw Valley will release a statement as soon as the water has been fully treated. As of now, the water in three of the four wells is already showing major improvements.