News reports reveal that E. coli and coliform bacteria have been detected in the drinking water at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. The release of a potential health issue was initially reported on November 8, 2016, to the local Placer County Department of Environmental Health. Squaw Valley has issued a statement regarding this situation.
After the initial report the affected water has been treated. The condition of the water is improving.
As of this time, three out of four wells that serve the Squaw Valley upper mountain are show low levels of coliform. There is no longer any evidence of E. coli, according to both Squaw Valley and Wesley Nicks. Nicks is the director of the Placer County Environmental Health Department.
Until further notice, the restaurants that are located at the Squaw Valley upper mountain remain closed. In addition, although skiers can access the area, that are prohibited from drinking the water.
Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, released a full statement about the situation from the resort’s perspective. The statement explained that the contamination initially occurred as the result of heavy rain in October, 2016. Rain caused the infusion of contaminated underground water into the system.
The statement from Squaw Valley emphasized that the safety of patrons is always the number one concern of the resort. Once the situation is completely rectified, the highly popular High Camp and Gold Coast areas at the upper mountain will be fully operational once again.
At the present time, no date certain is available as to when everything will return to normal operations at the resort. Squaw Valley, through its public relations director, will continue to keep the public updated until the situation is fully resolved at the resort. As soon as experts notify that the water contamination has cleared, the public will be duly advised.