A statement was issued by the Public Relation Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Liesl Kenny at 8:07 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov 30. The focus being water quality at the Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. According to Liesl, it is not unusual to receive heavy rains and this time around the heavy rains affected one water systems.
The contamination was only on one system that had been built to deal with heavy rains effects. The system affected is an upgrade constructed during summer at High Camp and Gold Coast where there was an inundation caused by the rains. Luckily the other system where not in any way affected and also the water from the contaminated system had not reached the public.
It is routine for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows to carry out a test on the water and there was an easy detection of the issue by the team. As protocol demands the county Environmental Health, as well as the Squaw Valley Public Service District, were reached. Further, Consultation with water expert took place, and it is with the same experts that post measures were taken to guarantee water safety. However, normal water use at High Camp and Gold Coast will not resume until water quality assurance is made by the experts.
The resort being customer oriented has guest put first, and thus the guest at High Camp and Gold Coast will receive alternative water supply that includes bottled water for drinking until the issue is fully resolved.
The statement was made as an assurance to the guest of the resort that all was well. It was crucial as the water at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain had tested positive for E. coli and Coliform bacteria. Although improvements had been seen, there was a need to caution the guest against the consumption of the water.The Placer County Environmental Health director, Wesley Nicks confirmed the improvements were vivid by stating that three out the four wells serving the upper mountain showed low levels of coliform and no signs of E.coli.
The cooperation between the resort, the Public Service District and the Placer County Environment Health was the reason no health issues were reported, and the skiers could enjoy the skiing at the famous ski resort.