Squaw Valley, of Olympic Valley, CA, has responded to the news, first reported in November, that its drinking water had been contaminated with E. Coli and coliform bacteria at its upper mountain.
According to the resort, the water is improving after consistent treatment. Three of the four wells serving the resort’s upper mountain show low levels of coliform and no E. coli. Upper mountain restaurants remain closed, and skiers are not allowed to drink the water until the problem is completely resolved. However, there have been no health issues reported, and skiing has been allowed to continue.
Following is a summary of Squaw Valley’s statement:
The facts about Squaw Valley’s upper mountain water quality
In October, a heavy rain storm affected several Placer County water systems. An upgraded water system at Squaw Valley was inundated and contaminated. That was the only system affected. The contaminated water was never available to the public.
Routine testing revealed the contamination and the resort immediately contacted Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. It also consulted with other water safety experts. With that help, the resort began taking steps to solve the problem and will continue until the water returns to normal. Squaw Valley will not resume regular water usage at High Camp or Gold Coast until health officials and other experts determine that the water is safe.
Squaw Valley takes customer safety seriously. Water safety, and all safety issues, seriously. The resort continues to operate as normal and is providing bottled water at no cost to guests. Squaw Valley will update guests when experts confirm that the issue is resolved.