A statement has been released by Squaw Valley. This is with regard to news released this week about E. coli along with coliform bacteria being found in the drinking water at Squaw Valley on upper mountain.
It was on 8 Nov that this health issue was informed to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health.
Post that, this water is being treated continuously and now it is showing considerable improvement. Examinations have shown that three of the four wells that serve upper mountain show low amounts of coliform along with no trace of E. coli.
Upper mountain’s restaurants have remained closed. Skiers cannot drink the water here until this issue gets fully resolved. There have been no reports of any health issues. Skiing continues safely at this ski resort.
A full statement was provided on Nov. 30. This was presented by Liesl Kenney, the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
It gave facts regarding quality of water at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. In October there was a heavy rain storm. It affected various water systems all through Placer County. This unusual weather event led to the inundation of water system that was upgraded and was installed at High Camp as well as Gold Coast. It resulted in the system’s contamination. But this issue was limited and did not go beyond that system. No other water systems got affected in any way. Contaminated water was never made available for the public at any given time.
The routine testing confirmed this issue. The Placer County Environmental Health, the Squaw Valley Public Service District was immediately contacted and informed about it. Consultations were done with a number of safety experts too. Steps were taken to address this issue. The normal usage of water at High Camp or even the Gold Coast will return only after the health officials, and such other water experts are convinced that this water is absolutely safe.