A rare rain event recently affected the Placer County home of the historic Squaw Valley Ski Resort and caused some issues with a small number of groundwater wells being affected by quickly spotted levels of E.Coli and Coliform. Squaw Valley officials, including Public Relations Director Liesl Kenney, have moved quickly to reassure visitors that the problems affecting the water quality for locations in the Upper Mountain area are being handled by qualified experts and will not affect the enjoyment of any skier.
An official from Placer County Environmental Health Department explained the water quality issues were reported to local government agencies as soon as Squaw Valley’s own testing procedures revealed the presence of E.Coli and Coliform. Placer County’s Wesley Nicks has already moved to reassure the public that steps have already begun to be taken to return the contaminated water wells to normal quality levels; in fact, three of the four affected wells already show no signs of E.Coli and lowered levels of Coliform as the measures taken to rectify the issue seem to be having a positive effect in a short space of time.
The timeline of the water quality issue at Squaw Valley Ski Resort began with a rain event that pushed more storm water than is usually expected into four groundwater wells serving the Upper Mountain areas of Gold Coast and High Camp. Squaw Valley officials had recently upgraded the water wells in the Summer of 2016 in a bid to make sure visitors were as safe as possible when they used this drinking water; officials at Squaw Valley identified the contamination through regular testing procedures that have shown their importance as no visitor was offered the contaminated water and no health issues have been traced back to the contamination.
As always, the safety and security of visitors to Squaw Valley remains of great importance to the resort officials who have revealed drinking water supplies will remain off limits until the all clear has been given by local officials and independent experts. Slopes remain open for visitors who are being offered complimentary bottled water if they visit the Upper Mountain area where restaurants will only reopen when the water quality issue has been resolved.