Squaw Valley Issues Official Statement Concerning Water Contamination
Squaw Valley has issued an official and detailed statement in regards to recent news that coliform and E. coli bacteria was found in the property’s upper mountain drinking water.
This possible health issue was initially reported on Nov. 8 to the Department of Environmental Health in Placer County. Since the report, the water has been constantly treated and is showing improvement. Three of the four wells that provide water to the upper mountain now show low levels of coliform and no traces of E. coli. Wesley Nicks, the director of Placer County Environmental Health shared this information with the Sierra Sun the Tuesday following the initial report.
The upper mountain’s restaurants remained closed, and skiers were not permitted to drink the water until the issue was completely resolved. There have been no reported health issues and top-to-bottom skiing is still allowed at Squaw Valley.
The following is part of the official statement provided to the Sierra Sun regarding the water issue on November 30 by Liesl Kenney, the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows:
In October of 2016, there was an unusually heavy rain storm that affected several of the water systems in Placer County. This caused the upgraded water system at Squaw Valley to become overwhelmed with water pressure, which caused the water to become contaminated. The water issue is limited to one specific system, and none of the other water systems at Squaw Valley have been affected. None of the contaminated water was ever made available to the public.