The Squaw Valley released a statement regarding the recent detection of coliform and E. coli reported by the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on November 8. Since the discovery, the water has had treated invariably. Water samples have been taken daily. Although authorities are indefinite when the ban will be lifted, the water samples show some improvement. The director of Placer County Environmental Health, Wesley Nicks stated that 3 out of 4 wells are showing no E. coli and low concentrations of coliform.
During this time, several precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of the public. Restaurants have remained closed and everyone has been advised against consuming water. Skiers can still enjoy the famous slopes of Squaw Valley. The health department has allowed the upper mountain to stay open but a direct plan was set in place. To keep the public safe packaged foods and drinks were made available for purchase. Water bottles are readily available to everyone. No health-related issues have been reported.
The statement was released on Wednesday, Nov. 30 to the Sierra Sun by Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. In the statement, Liesl Kenney identifies the cause of the problem to be to a heavy rain storm. The storm is stated to have caused flooding of a recently improved water system at High camp and Gold Coast. It has been found that the contamination was limited to this system and the contamination was found prior to exposure to the public.
Kenney relays to the public that issue is being addressed accordingly. She states that water usage will not return to normal until experts and health officials make sure the water is completely safe. They stated the importance of the safety of their customers. Guests at High Camp and Gold Coast will have regular access to the amenities during the resolution of this issue. Bottled water will be freely available for consumption. They extend their gratitude to Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for assistance and cooperation.