A Review of the Water Situation at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley recently issued a statement to respond to claims made that their Upper Mountain water was contaminated by E. coli and coliform groups of bacteria. This health concern issue was raised to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health in November.


A closer look at the problem at the resort


According to Wesley Nicks, the director of Placer County Environmental Health, the bacteria was detected and the water was put on treatment. He also added that three wells under treatment indicated minute levels of coliforms and lacked E. coli. All the restaurants located at Upper Mountain were shut down so as to attend to this health issue. People going on skiing trips were cautioned against consuming water until it is confirmed safe for drinking. Additionally, no health cases were reported and skiers were allowed to ski at the famed resort. Liesl Keney, director of public relations at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, issued a statement to respond to the above allegation.


Solutions put in place to curb the water crisis at Squaw Valley Resort


Keney reported that in October that year, Upper Mountain was hit by a massive storm that resulted in distortion of the water systems in Placer County. These rains led to flooding at the upgraded water system at Gold Coast and High Camp. This inundation caused the contamination of the water system. Fortunately for them, only one system was affected. After a series of tests, the issue was reported to the Squaw Valley Public Service District and the Placer County Environmental Health. Squaw Valley consulted other water experts who stepped in to help solve the problem.


Keney also promised that the water from Gold Coast and High Camp would remain under treatment until it is confirmed safe for consumption. She also added that the resort values the safety of its clients and that it would continue to provide premium bottled water to its guest lodging at Gold Coast and High Camp. Keney also promised to make this issue public once the experts resolve it. She finally thanked the Squaw Valley Public Service District and Placer County Environmental Health Department for being supportive throughout the entire crisis.