The Squaw Valley Ski Resort has been reporting its upgraded water supply system for the Upper Mountain region of the slopes and its routine water supply testing schedule have combined to identify a water quality issue caused by a major rain event. The October 2016 rain event was unexpectedly high and resulted in a number of identified problems for well water users across the Placer County region of California; Squaw Valley officials are rating their testing schedule and upgrades as a success as traces of E.Coli and Coliform were identified as being limited to four wells in the Upper Mountain area of the resort.
A speedy response to the water quality issue is also being praised by officials at Squaw Valley as the bacteria was identified long before any visitor was offered contaminated water, which made sure no illness has been identified as being caused by the contaminated water supply. Liesl Kenney of Squaw Valley has released a statement explaining both the problems affecting the Squaw Valley water supply and the fast response of a number of experts who have come together to reverse the problems with E.Coli and Coliform.
The response from Squaw Valley to the discovery of the contaminated water supply was to immediately inform officials from both Placer County and Squaw Valley Public District of the water issue and seek their advice. Squaw Valley has always been concerned with maintaining the quality of the water supply to the resort and particularly to the Upper Mountain regions of High Camp and Gold Coast; the need for safety has resulted in Squaw Valley bringing in independent water experts to help eradicate the contaminated water issue and make every area of the resort safe for guests to enjoy. In order to maintain the reputation of the historic Squaw Valley Ski Resort all restaurants in the Upper Mountain area will remain closed until all water supplies are returned to safe levels. So far three of the four affected wells have seen E.Coli removed and lowered levels of Coliform recorded.