A possible health issue with the drinking water for Squaw Valley, California, was first brought to light in November by the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. It was found that E. coli and coliform bacteria were present in the drinking water at unacceptable levels.
Water treatment procedures began immediately and already the water is showing signs of improvement.
The upper mountain area of Squaw Valley is serviced by water from four different wells. Three of these wells are currently clear of E. coli and presenting lowered levels of the coliform bacteria.
The restaurants in the upper mountain area are closed and skiers are not permitted to drink the water. However, not a single health issue has been reported that is related to the contamination and all the slopes of this famed ski resort are currently open.
Liesl Kenney, the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, released this statement on Wednesday, November 30th:
A section that had just been upgraded and installed during the summer months at High Camp and Gold Coast was flooded after a period of unusually heavy and intense rain. This was the only part of the water system that was affected and no contaminated water was ever available to any business or private residences.
Squaw valley immediately contacted the Placer County Department of Environmental Health as well as the Squaw Valley Public Service District.
They also brought in outside assistance contacting acknowledge experts in the field of water safety. Combining all the available information and knowledge Squaw Valley has put into place certain protocols to contain the contamination and then restore the water to its normal level of safety.
Regular use of water in the High Camp or Gold Coast areas will not resume until the water has been declared safe by numerous health officials.
Liesl Kenney also stated the importance of the safety of their guests that come to visit Squaw Valley is an absolute priority. Yes, the facilities of High Camp and Gold Coast are fully open no water is allowed from these wells. Instead, they offer plenty of free bottled water and will continue to do so as long as necessary.
Liesl Kenney last statement for the Squaw Valley Ski Areas and Resorts was to say thank both Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for all their help and assistance.