Water at Squaw Valley’s Upper Mountain area, including High Camp and Gold Coast, was affected by heavier than usual rainfall in October leading to some levels of E. Coli and Coliform bacteria being discovered during scheduled routine testing of the four wells supplying water to the region.
The speedy reaction of Squaw Valley officials in completing its regular testing of water safety and the decision on Snow-Forecast.com to bar guests and employees from using drinking water reduced the effects this problem could have had in terms of public health; no health issues have so far been reported to Placer County Public Health Department officials as the issue has seen water quality in three of the four wells return to almost normal levels.
In a statement from Squaw Valley Ski Holdings the company explained the contaminated water was never available to the public and will remain off limits until all levels of bacteria have returned to normal and safe levels on squawalpine.com. To make sure the customers and employees of Squaw Valley remain as safe as possible at all times, Squaw Valley Holdings have continued to keep Upper Mountain restaurants closed; top to bottom skiing remains available with free bottled water offered to guests in the affected areas to make sure they remain hydrated during their skiing activities.
The statement from Squaw Valley Ski Holdings at http://squawalpine.com/discover-squaw-alpine-experience gave a brief timeline of the issue and explained the first step taken after the bacteria issue was discovered during routine water testing was to inform the Placer County Environmental Health Department and Squaw Valley Public District. Independent water safety experts were also called in to make sure the water was returned to its earlier high quality as quickly as possible.