Squaw Valley Ski Resort has responded to news about E. coli and coliform bacteria being detected in the drinking water in the upper mountain. Last November the problem was reported to Placer County Department of Environmental Health.
Since the incident, Squaw Valley has consistently been treating the water and it is showing signs of improvement. Three quarters of the wells in the upper mountain are reporting low levels of coliform and no E. coli bacteria at all.
Restaurants in the affected area remain closed and skiers cannot drink the water until the all-clear is given by the Department of Health. Skiing is still allowed and no health problems have been reported.
In October, the area was hit with unusually strong rain storms, which affected some water systems in the area. This heavy rainfall led to the contamination of one specific water system at High Camp and Gold Coast. None of the resorts other water systems were harmed. The public never had access to any contaminated water, during this time.
Immediately upon learning of this issue, we contacted Placer County Environmental Health and begin cleaning the water system. The resort will not return to using the water system until the health officials give the word that the water is again safe.
The safety and well-being of our customers is very important to us at Squaw Valley. While this issue is being corrected, we will supply our guests with free bottled water for drinking. We take this issue very seriously and are taking the steps to correct the problem as quickly as possible.
Our goal at Squaw Valley is to provide a safe and secure environment for our guests to relax and enjoy the slopes. Unpredictable weather does sometimes cause problems; however, we have taken control of the situation and expect it to cleared up shortly. We will keep our customers updated as more information becomes available.