Squaw Valley Ski Resort has always been classed as one of the most safety conscious and the approach taken to a recent unforeseeable rain storm that caused a small issue with an isolated water supply has shown this tradition has continued. There is much to admire in the way Squaw Valley officials have handled the issue of contaminated water that has seen E.coli and Coliform bacteria pass into a small portion of the Upper Mountain well water supply due to an inundation of contaminated rain water.
Squaw Valley issued a statement through Public Relations Director Liesl Kenney that give a brief timeline of the contamination and explained how the resort has been tackling the issues. However, before explaining how the contamination of the water supply occurred it should be explained that Placer County Environmental Health Officials are already reporting a significant success in returning the water supply to safe levels; Wesley Nicks of Placer County Environmental Health explains the levels of E.Coli in the four contaminated wells have been removed in all but one case, additionally, Coliform levels are also being reversed with the aid of independent experts employed by Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
The historic rain event that caused the contamination has been reported to have pushed more water than could have been anticipated into a well water system that was upgraded in the summer of 2016 in a bid to reduce the chances of any such contamination taking place. Liesl Kenney explains Squaw Valley identified the water quality issues almost immediately and made sure no visitor was offered any contaminated water at any point; to date no health issues have yet to be linked to the bacteria in the Upper Mountain water supply. Officials from Squaw Valley are also stating they have closed restaurants in the Gold Coast and High Camp areas, but all ski slopes and other amenities remain open to the public who are also provided with complimentary bottled drinking water. Liesl Kenney vowed the resort will only restore the drinking water to Upper Mountain when Placer County officials give them the all clear.