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Squaw Valley Public Service District serves the community of Olympic Valley in Eastern Placer County, California, 7 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe and 40 miles southwest of Reno. This District, consisting of a 15 square mile valley (9,600 acres), was incorporated on March 30, 1964 under the provisions of Division 12 of the Water Code.
Originally called Squaw Valley County Water District, the name was changed to the Squaw Valley Public Service District on January 1, 1998, to reflect the varied services offered, including water, wastewater, solid waste, bike trail snow removal, fire protection and emergency medical services. The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected for four-year terms.
Olympic Valley was the site of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. The original wells and pipes in the Valley were built by the State of California to service the games and many of these original facilities are still in use today. Olympic Valley’s primary industry is winter snow sports and related services although the area is a major tourist destination during any season. Year-round population in the Valley is estimated to be approximately 1,000 people, with a maximum overnight population of approximately 7,000. During peak winter holiday periods, the daily population can swell to 25,000.