Following the initial reports in early November of potentially dangerous drinking water in the upper mountain of Squaw Valley, there has been constant testing and treatment of the four wells that provide the water. The water in three of those four wells is now showing no presence of E. Coli and low levels of coliform. While skiing on the mountain is able to continue, skiers may not drink water and the restaurants in the resort will remain closed until the water issue proves to be completely resolved.
On November 30 a follow up statement was released by the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. The new, upgraded system that had been installed over the summer months at High Camp and Gold Coast was flooded, which caused the contamination of that system and no others.
Testing confirmed the presence of bacterias and the county’s environmental health department, along with other leading water safety experts, was immediately contacted to begin the necessary steps to resolve the issue. There has been marked improvement of the contamination levels since the treatment started but HIgh Camp and Gold Coast will not be returning to their regular water usage until health experts assure Squaw Valley that the water is completely safe.
Ms. Kenney continued to say, “The safety of our customers is paramount to us. We take this issue very seriously, as we do all safety issues at our resort.” The resort is providing free bottled drinking water to all of its guests and normal use of the resort’s facilities. “We will update our guests when the experts confirm that this issue has been fully resolved.”
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows would like to thank those that have been assisting with this matter, including the Squaw Valley Public Service District and Placer County.