On 8th November news emerged that some bacteria, E. coli, and coliform were detected in the drinking water in the upper mountain of Squaw Valley. The report initially got reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. The public Relation Director of Squaw Valley came on board to issue a complete statement based the news.
In response the potential health problem, the water was continuously treated and slowly there were some improvements. The upper mountain usually gets served by four wells. Wesley Nicks who is the director of Placer County Environmental Health was speaking to Sierra Sun Tuesday, and he confirmed that three wells are safe from E. coli, and only low levels of coliform were remaining.
Restaurants at or near the upper mountain were not in operational as the water treatment exercise was still underway. The skiers got banned from drinking the water as well to avoid health issues and fortunately no incident has been reported yet. All other activities are still operational around the area including skiing up and down at the ski resort.
On Sunday, November 30, Liesl Kennedy who serves as a Public Relations Director of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows gave a statement regarding the water quality in the area.
Below are some the facts that he stated that are underlying the water quality at the upper mountain of Squaw Valley.
He began by saying that the heavy rains that fell in the month of October was quite unusual and ended up causing damage to the water systems in Placer County. Squaw Valley had an issue with the water systems during summer, and new upgraded systems got installed in the area. The system’s installation at Gold Coast and High Camp led to the contamination of the system. Only the systems in the area got affected, and the polluted water was not available for consumption by the public.
The second fact by Kennedy was that during their routine testing of the water they were able to detect the underlying problem and immediately took action. They first communicated to the Squaw Valley Public Service District and Placer County Environmental Health as well and asked for help. He says that the two organizations contributed in resolving the issue by treating the water and ensuring it are not consumed for any purpose by the public until the water is clean and safe for consumption. He promised that they are going to make sure that the regular water consumption at Gold Coast and High Camp will not be available, till the water safety experts and other health officials give a go ahead.
He added that all they care about is the safety of their customers and that is why they took great responsibility on this particular safety issue. Liesl Kennedy assured the people that they would continue enjoying all the facilities offered at High Camp and Gold Coast once the water issue is resolved. The guests were promised to enjoy free bottled drinking water after the reopening of their services.
Liesl Kennedy noted that he would inform the guests when they are fully back in operation and also took the opportunity to thank the water safety experts for their assistance in resolving the issue.