Squaw Valley Upper Mountain Water Quality Shows Improvement

On November 8th, trace amounts of E. Coli and coliform bacteria were discovered in Squaw Valley’s upper mountain drinking water supply. These findings were reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. Since the discovery, restaurants have been closed and skiers have not been allowed to drink water until the matter has been completely resolved. A recent statement released by Wesley Nicks, director of Placer County Environmental Health, highlights the improvement of water quality since the contaminants have been reported. Three out of the four wells currently show low levels of coliform bacteria and the E. Coli previously present have been completely eliminated. Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows released a statement on November 30th, explaining how the contaminants came to arrive in the water supply. Kenney explains how in October, an abnormally strong rain storm resulted in the inundation of the water systems installed at High Camp and Gold Coast. Kenney describes the contaminated wells to be only isolated incidents, with other water systems remaining untouched and perfectly safe. Kenney reassures the public, stating that at no point has the contaminated water been able to be used by the public. After the discovery of contaminants, Kenney explains the steps that Squaw Valley took to safeguard the public, highlighting their quick and efficient contacting of Placer County Environmental Health, Squaw Valley Public Service District as well as leader water safety experts. With the assistance of such groups and individuals, Squaw Valley hopes to return the quality of water back to previous, uncontaminated levels and reassures visitors that High Camp and Gold Coast will not return to regular water usage until they are assured that the water is safe. In the meantime, High Camp and Gold Coast guests will have full access to facilities as well as free bottled water for drinking.

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Squaw Valley issues statement on upper mountain water quality

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