Addressing reports of E. coli and coliform bacteria in their water systems at upper mountain, Squaw Valley recently issued a statement to the public. Taking prompt action, they began treating the water soon after the initial findings were reported. Testing shows that water quality has been showing steady improvement. Water has not yet been approved for drinking and restaurants remain closed at upper mountain. Skiing, however, has not been halted and skiers are still allowed to enjoy top-to-bottom utilization of the mountain. To date, there have been no reported health problems stemming from the findings.
In the extended statement released by Squaw Valley, they insist that the problem began with a downpour that affected several water systems in the area. Flooding of one of the recently installed systems at Squaw Valley was caused by the unexpected weather occurrence. The flooding did not affect any areas outside of the that one water system and Squaw Valley maintains that the contaminated water never reached their community, as the problem was addressed in time. Precautionary methods are now being taken to continue the ensured safety of the skiing community. The first findings were discovered during routine testing and Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District were notified immediately. Other experts on water quality were also contacted and have been working in conjunction with Squaw Valley since the discovery in efforts to eradicate the problem as soon as possible. Representatives from Squaw Valley maintain that they are dedicated to getting the water systems back to normal and will not resume their regular water usage schedule until water quality is properly verified by authorities. Safety continues to be the major focal point at Squaw Valley and free bottled water is now being offered to guests. Guests will continue to be updated on the status of the water quality and Squaw Valley has issued special thanks to Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for their invaluable cooperation.