March 24, 2017

Squaw Valley Addresses Water Contamination

Squaw Valley Resort has issued a detail statement in response to the news that coliform and E. coli were found in the water in the upper mountain region of the resort. The health issue was initially reported on November 8 to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health.


The water has since been treated constantly and is showing signs of improvement. There are four wells that serve the upper mountain, and three of these wells are now showing no E.coli and low coliform levels. Director of Placer County Environmental Health Wesley Nicks recently relayed this information to the Sierra Sun.


The restaurant at the upper mountain will remain closed until the water issue is resolved, and skiers aren’t allowed to consume the water until it has been verified that that water is no longer contaminated. Top to bottom skiing at the resort is still permitted.


Liesl Kenney, the public relations director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, also issued an official statement regarding the water issue. In the statement, she confirms that a heavy rain in October compromised the recently upgrades water systems at Gold Coast and High Camp. Kenney also confirms that no contaminated water was ever made available to the public.


After routine testing, Kenney states that Squaw Valley contacted Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District right away. The roster also consulted with other experts in the water safety field. Together, these organizations have taken the necessary steps to treat the water, and they will continue treatment until all water has reached safe and healthy levels.

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