Water Contamination warnings posted at University Falls
EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. - A natural water wonder in El Dorado County draws thousands of outdoor enthusiasts, but there are now signs up warning that the water is contaminated.
University Falls has natural rock waterslides separated by pools of water.
Right at the entrance of the 2.5 mile hike are signs warning of unclean water. They read: "Danger: Contaminated water. No drinking, swimming, or sliding at the falls."
The signs don't say what the contaminant is and have caught many by surprise.
"A few of our friends have been there so it seemed safe, but the signs kind of threw everything off," one hiker said.
Fears of contaminated water have not kept people out of the water. "There were so many people in the lot, so many people we saw on the trail, that I just ignore them," visiting Guatemalan resident Rebecca Holven stated.
The signs don't say who posted them. "I don't know if someone just printed it out on their ink jet or whether it's actually an official posting," Madeline Holven said.
The El Dorado County Department of Environmental Health said they do not know who posted the signs since the trail is on private land.
Rebecca Holven theorized the signs could have been posted by locals. "Those signs could be from someone who doesn't want people to come here anymore because they're ruining the land," she said.
Large crowds have overwhelmed the area. Pictures taken by hikers show large amounts of trash left on the ground.
And while the falls may no longer be a mystery to some, it's still a mystery who posted the signs.