On November 8, the Placer County Department of Environmental Health reported a potential health hazard with upper Squaw Valley’s drinking water. In response to this news, the ski resort offered the following explanation concerning the contamination of E.coli and coliform bacteria in their drinking water.

In the month of October, Squaw Valley’s upper mountain was hit with a heavy storm that resulted in flooding, which the Squaw Valley ski resort blames for leaving several upgraded water systems that were inserted during the summer at Gold Coast and High Camp in Place County susceptible to contamination on squawalpine.com
. However, the company maintains that the threat was solely to one system, so all other water systems were unaffected. Therefore, no contaminated water was accessible to the public.

In their statement, the company explains that routine testing revealed the issue, at which time they immediately reached out to the Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. The company further explains that they also acted quickly to seek information and assistance from other top experts of water safety. With their assistance, Squaw Valley was able to take the steps necessary to properly address the issue and maintain that they will continue to do so until the water in the system has returned to standard levels. The company also explains that they do not have plans to return to their usual water usage at Gold Coast or High Camp until they are given the green light by experts and other health officials that the water is hazard-free.

The company promises that the health of their customers is of the utmost importance to them. Therefore, they take this issue to heart, as with all safety issues involving their resort. The company further explains that during the purification process, their guests at Gold Coast and High Camp will have complete access to their facilities, including complimentary bottled water for drinking. In addition, they will keep guests updated when experts confirm that this issue has been fully resolved.

The company concludes that they would like to thank the Squaw Valley Public Service District and Placer County for their ongoing assistance and cooperation with this important matter.

In a statement issued to the Sierra Sun Tuesday, the director of Placer County Environmental Health, Wesley Nicks, confirms that as of current, the water has been processed thoroughly and is displaying signs of improvement. Nicks states that 3 of the 4 waterholes that are utilized at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain are displaying no E. coli and decreased levels of coliform presently.

Meanwhile, visitors to Squaw Valley have complete access to top-to-bottom skiing at the famed ski resort. However, restaurants located in the upper mountain remain unopened, and skiers are not permitted to consume the water until the problem is completely settled. Furthermore, no health problems have been announced.

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