The authorities at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California, have just released a statement on the status of their water supply. In this latest update, Squaw Valley said it was making substantial progress in treating both the coliform bacteria and E. coli in the upper mountain’s water system.
Staff at Squaw Valley first discovered the presence of E. coli in their water supply in early November. Squaw Valley officials contacted the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on November 8th and the two teams have been working together ever since.
Squaw Valley’s press release blames October’s powerful rainstorm for the contamination of their new water system. This October rainstorm inundated the water system that serves both High Camp and Gold Coast, two high mountain resorts in Squaw Valley. This inundation led to the contamination of both E. coli and coliform bacteria.
The press release goes on to say Squaw Valley staff quickly noticed the contamination in this water system after a routine daily test. In addition to contacting the Placer County Department of Environmental Health, staff members also called the Squaw Valley Public Service District.
Numerous water safety experts immediately travelled to Squaw Valley to check out the situation. Squaw Valley continues to work with these experts and has pledged not to release their water to the public until they get a unanimous green light from authorities.
Once Squaw Valley found out about this contamination, it immediately shut down its water system for both High Camp and Gold Coast. In this latest report, Squaw Valley claims that no contaminated water was ever made available to their guests. In lieu of drinking water from their water system, Squaw Valley employees have provided guests at the upper mountain resorts with free bottled water.
Throughout the past several months, water treatment experts have treated the upper mountain water system extensively. There has been great improvement in the past few weeks. Recent tests show that there’s absolutely no E. coli in three of the four wells on the upper mountain. There’s also very little coliform in these three wells.
Although Squaw Valley is happy with this improvement, they continue to remain on high alert. All restaurants are closed on the upper mountain, and all guests are made aware of the situation. So far, no one has gotten sick due to this contamination issue.