Squaw Valley recently released a public statement addressing the confirmation of low levels of E. coli and coliform bacteria. Findings were initially released on Nov. 8 and Squaw Valley has since been treating the water at upper mountain, seeing steady improvement. Although progress has been made toward improving the water quality, the restaurants at upper mountain remain closed. Top to bottom skiing is still allowed, but skiers are still not allowed to drink the water. Despite their current ban on using the drinking water, skiing has been allowed to continue. Since the discovery, there have been no reports of health problems by anyone on the resorts.
In Squaw Valley’s statement, they trace the initial problems back to inclement weather in which a rainstorm impacted several systems in the area. The system affected was an upgrade, having recently been installed and the contamination was not a result of an inadequate structure or equipment function. In the statement released, Squaw Valley maintained that none of the contaminated water ever reached the public and that the current steps being taken were of a precautionary nature. The contamination was first discovered during a series of routine tests and the proper Placer County authorities were promptly contacted. Other water safety specialists have also been contacted and have been assisting those at Squaw Valley in their efforts to find a quick and effective solution to ending the contamination. Despite their progress at regaining normality concerning water usage, they are committed to waiting until the experts have confirmed all contamination is gone. Safety continues to be at the forefront of Squaw Valley’s concerns for the public and as they continue to work toward a resolution, they have begun offering free bottled water to guests on the resort. Squaw Valley has also publicly announced their appreciation to Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for their consistent efforts for a resolution.