Squaw Valley Resort has recently issued a statement regarding news that water on the property’s upper mountain was contaminated with coliform bacteria and E.coli.
The news was initially reported in November to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. Since the report, the water at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain has been consistently treated and is improving. There are four wells that serve the upper mountain, and three of the wells are showing low coliform levels and no E.coli, according to Placer Country Environment Health director Wesley Nicks.
Upper mountain restaurants will remain closed, and skiers are not permitted to drink the water until it has been confirmed that the water is safe. There are no reported health issues, and top-to-bottom skiing is still allowed.
Liesl Kenney, the public relations director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows also submitted a full statement concerning the water issue. She shares that an unusually heavy rain fell in October in Placer County, which affected the water systems at Squaw Valley. The water system at Gold Coast and High Camp, which was recently upgraded, was affected by the rainfall. Kenney stated that the water issues were specific to this water system, and the water was not available to the public since the contamination.
After Squaw Valley conducted routine testing on the water, Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District were contacted right away. Other leading experts in water safety were immediately contacted as well. Squaw Valley has taken steps to resolve the issue and will continue water treatment until the system returns to normal levels.