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Olympic Valley, a place for skiers with a few small restaurants and a resort, has been reported all the way back in November of high levels of E. Coli (may cause food poisoning in children and the elderly). The specific type is known as Coliform (caused by fecal contamination and may cause diarrhea) and is scattered across the water wells. The potential health issue has been reduced after testing in some of the wells that the bacteria has shown low levels of Coliform. Luckily no health issues have been reported but people in the area are not allowed to consume the Valley’s water.

Restaurants have remained closed since the finding of the bacteria, but skiers may go about their day skiing from top to bottom of the local resort. The resort is, however serving complimentary bottles of water until they are fully assured that the water is safe to drink once again.

This was all caused by a storm which flooded quite a few water filtration systems in the area. Olympic Valley is demonstrating great amounts of progression in terms of resolving the issue. There are clear forms put up to warn visitors to not consume the water and to eat the pre-packaged food they provided everyone.

Though not all of the bacteria is harmful, visitors will not be allowed to drink the water until there shows absolutely no signs of any left over bacteria. This type of bacteria does not do very well in a cold environment, so the snow is definitely helping kill off any remaining Coliform. But don’t worry, bathrooms are available for use. They have plenty of chlorine in the water to assure you that you may wash your hands and what not. Since November 8th, there have been tests everyday, and future days, until the water is safe for consumption again. Squaw Valley is showing great improvement. A little more patience is all that is needed for the time being.

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