Recent reports of ongoing water testing at Squaw Valley have been encouraging as the latest water results show decreasing amounts of E. coli and no coliform bacteria in three out of four contaminated wells in the upper mountain water system at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
This water issue was reported to the Placer County Environmental Health Department on November 8 by Squaw Valley. Since this time, Placer County has been working in tandem with Squaw Valley to eradicate the bacterial issue in the water supply. The rest of Squaw Valley’s filtration system in the lower mountain region has not been affected and there have been no known cases of E. coli or coliform infection by any skier as a result of this infiltration.
Restaurants’ will remain closed in the upper mountains until this matter is resolved and all those who visit the upper mountain areas are offered bottled water for the time being and all facilities are in use. Skiing is carrying on as normal in the upper to lower mountain range. In a statement to the press, public relations director Liesl Kenny, has released a timeline about the chain of events that led to this current treatment.
Ms. Kenny stated that in October, a heavier than normal rainfall inundated Squaw Valley’s brand new water filtration system in the upper mountains causing an issue with the bacteria. Ms. Kenny also stated that at no time was this contaminated water supply ever offered to the public for drinking.
The contamination problem was found during routine water testing by Squaw Valley on the High Camp and Gold Cost filtration systems. The results were reported immediately to the Environmental Health Department in Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. Since the time of reporting, Squaw Valley and the Environmental Health Department have been working in tandem to solve this issue and outside water experts have also been consulted on the case for independent testing.
Both the Environmental Health Department and Squaw Valley are committed to the safety and security of the skiers and visitors that enter Squaw Valley Ski Resort and will not authorize the use of public drinking water for the upper mountain area until levels have been confirmed as safe for visitors.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort will continue to retest and treat the on going water problem. They have also stated the resort will notify patrons when water levels have returned to a normal state for drinking.