Recently, Squaw Valley issued a detailed statement in regards to the water contamination in the upper mountain area of the resort. Coliform bacteria and E.coli were founding in the drinking water. On November 8, the issue was reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health.
The water at Squaw Valley has been consistently treated and is improving. There are four wells at the upper mountain, and three have no E.coli and low coliform levels, according to Wesley Nicks, the director of Placer County Environmental Health.
Upper mountain restaurants are still closed, and skiers can’t drink the water until Squaw Valley is certain that the issue is taken care of. There have been no reported health issues, and top to bottom skiing is still allowed.
Liesl Kenney, the public relations director for Squaw Valley, also issued a complete statement on the behalf of the resort. She confirmed that a heavy rain in October affected several of the water systems in Placer County. The weather led to water system damage in the Gold Coast and High Camp regions of Squaw Valley. Kenney confirms that the water contamination issue is only specific to these two areas and affected water was never available to individuals staying at the resort.
Kenney also shares that the Squaw Valley Public Service District and Placer County Environmental Health were contacted right away, as well as other water safety experts. The water will continue to be treated until it is completely safe to consume. Kenney also thanked the organizations who assisted in resolving the water issue in her statement.