Squaw Valley in CA shared a response to the report that E. coli and coliform bacteria were found in the Squaw Valley’s upper mountain drinking water in November 2016. On November 8th the information was reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health.
Following the report, the water was treated and has shown consistent improvement. After treatment, the water showed no signs of E. coli and only low levels of coliform. This information was confirmed by Wesley Nicks, director of Placer County Environmental Health.
The proper precautions were taken by keeping restaurants at upper mountain closed while resolving the issue. Top-to-bottom skiing remains safely open. No health issues were reported.
On Wednesday Nov. 30th, Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Liesl Kenney issued a statement about the water quality at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. Kenney explained that October 2016 that a severe rainstorm led to the contamination that affected the water system. The damage only affected that specific system and at no time did the public access contaminated water.
Routine water testing detected the issue. Upon detection, the information was handed immediately over to the Placer County Environmental Health and Squaw Valley Public Service District. By partnering with them they issue of the contaminated system is being quickly resolved. Squaw Valley is committed to not returning to regular water usage until they are fully sure that experts have confirmed that the water is to safe to drink.
Squaw Valley values the safety of their customers immensely and Kenney confirmed that they were taking all the necessary precautions to ensure that their customer’s health and safety be placed first. During the resolution of the issue guests still have access to their facilities, and will even receive free bottled water for drinking. They’re thankful for Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service Districts compliance and helpfulness through resolving this matter. Liesl Kenney also delivered this information on behalf of the resort.