Water in an isolated region of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort is beginning to return to normal levels after a rainstorm led to contaminants being pushed into a well water system. Squaw Valley and local officials from Placer County Environmental Health Department are working together to make sure the four wells are returned to normal, safe drinking levels as soon as possible; Placer County’s Wesley Nicks has already revealed three of the four wells have seen E.Coli removed from them and Coliform levels reduced as work continues.
Squaw Valley’s Liesl Kenney explained visitors can be confident about the quality of the water they are receiving at all times as the four wells have not been part of the drinking water supply at the resort since the issue was discovered. Squaw Valley officials identified the contamination of the four wells themselves as part of routine testing procedures and have taken heart in the fact no visitor was ever offered contaminated water and no medical issues have been identified as linked to the water quality issues; Squaw Valley Ski Resort officials have decided to close restaurants in the affected region of the Upper Mountain slopes to ensure no further contamination takes place.
Problems began with the Squaw Valley water supply in November 2016 when a major storm pushed more water than could reasonably be expected into the four well system serving areas such as Gold Coast and High Camp. In a bid to solve the issue as quickly as possible Squaw Valley Ski Resort has brought in a team of independent water experts and have stated they will not return any water supplies to visitors until they are declared safe by Placer County Environmental Health officials. The slopes of Squaw Valley Ski Resort have remained open as complimentary bottled water has been made available to all visitors using the Upper Mountain areas of the resort.