Company Profile

The Squaw Valley Mutual Water Company was founded in 1950 by the Poulsen family to serve subdivision 1,2, 3, and 4 in Squaw Valley Estates that they were developing on the north side of Squaw Valley, close to Shirley Canyon.

As described by the articles of incorporation and the bylaws, the SVMWC membership is restricted to persons owning land in:

… all of section 29; the West half and Northeast quarter of section 28; the Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter and the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 32, all in Township 16 North, Range 16 East, M.D.B. and M., Placer County, California.

There are 281 served lots within the Mutual district including 269 residences, 11 empty lots, and 1 commercial customer.

If you have any questions or comments, e-mail us at info@squawvalleymutualwater.com.

Purposes and Goals

The purposes of the non-profit SVMWC are to:

  1. To develop and protect  the sources of water utilized by the SVMWC, including the aquifer in the valley as
    well as the horizontal well sites.
  2. Distribute, supply and deliver water for domestic use to members of this corporation

The goals of the SVMWC are:

  1. To provide the highest quality of water at the lowest possible price to the Mutual members.
  2. Operate in a financially responsible manner so as to ensure reliable water delivery for both the short and long term.

Water Rights

In 1966, the Squaw Valley Mutual Water Company got its right to ground water in the valley from the Poulsens who were the first to pump water from the aquifer. When the mutual water association was formed to provide water to the housing development, the Poulsens gave the SVMWC the first and primary right to pump up to 200 gallons a minute from Well #1 and 200 gallons a minute from Well #2. These two wells are both located on the valley floor. (See Map 1).

In the ongoing effort to provide the water needed by the growing development in the SVMWC area, the SVMWC drilled two horizontal wells – west well and east well. In the court settlement of 1995, the Poulsens agreed to convey to SVMWC a 100 foot square parcel of land that surrounds the westerly horizontal well head and convey easements so that the SVMWC could gain access to the well head for operation and maintenance, as well as a pipeline easement so the water could be piped to the water tank. Concurrently with the conveyance of the westerly horizontal well site, the Poulsens delivered all interest they had in the spring found at that site. The Poulsens also agreed to cooperate with the SVMWC in obtaining conveyance of the easterly horizontal well site and necessary easements from the Poulsen Foundation. The court settlement also stated that the SVMWC acknowledges the potential use rights or use rights of the water from the horizontal wells and spring sites and the SVMWC can apply for and obtain from the State of California an appropriative right to the water in the watershed area, the springs, the spring sites and the underground source that feeds the springs.

Existing Water System

There are 3 operating wells feeding into two water storage tanks – Well #1, Well #2, and the west horizontal well. In addition, the SVMWC has 27,000 feet of pipe which it has been in the process of updating over the past several years.


Water Use

Water use refers to the amount of water that is pumped and delivered to the customers. Up until 2015, there was no metering, so there was no way for an individual customer to know how much she/he is using. That has now changed. Every customer can see how much water they are using on a monthly basis by going to the SVMWC website home page and clicking on the appropriate icon. The website is



Water Quality

Every month the Operation’s Manager collects two routine water samples and sends them to the laboratory for monthly bacteriological testing. If the test results indicate the presence of Total Coliform bacteria, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is notified and 12 repeat samples are taken and sent to the laboratory to try to determine the source of contamination. If those new samples come back free of bacterial contamination, then the first samples were probably contaminated in the way the sample was drawn and there is no problem with the water system. If some of the new samples are contaminated and the others not, then there is an indication of where the contamination could be happening. The CDPH usually recommends that the water supply be chlorinated and a Boil Water Notice is issued. Each customer has a notice delivered to his/her home and we will electronically notify those that have given us their email addresses.

The source of contamination is isolated and cleaned out. Follow up samples are taken and if there is an absence of Total Coliform bacteria, the Boil Water Notice is rescinded.

It is important to know that Coliform bacteria are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria may be present. E. coli bacteria, which can be harmful to humans, have not been found in the water system. More information about water contaminants and the potential health effects can be obtained by calling the USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791) or visiting http://epa.gov. Once a year the Safe Drinking Water Act requires that all customers be sent an annual report on water quality. Please see our past Consumer Confidence Reports.

Billing Questions?

Office Manager, Daniel Collin

Phone: (530) 583-3674

Fax: (530) 583-0677

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PO Box 2276,

Olympic Valley, CA 96146


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Maintenance & Operations

Squaw Valley Public Service District

PO Box 2026

Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Phone: (530) 583-4692

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