Heavy rainfall this past October has led to some serious water woes for the popular ski resort area of Squaw Valley. Damages to its four wells presented some serious issues for the area’s public water supply. In November, officials were alerted to test results that showed the presence of E. Coli and coliform bacteria in the water. Squaw Valley and Placer county officials immediately began working together to fix the situation and ensure the protection of guests and citizens of the popular ski destination.
The area has made great strides in recent months to fix the issue, In fact, Wesley Nicks, director of Placer County Environmental Health explained that three of the four wells now show very little or no presence at all of the dangerous bacteria.
Throughout the entire ordeal, no guest was exposed to the contaminated water. Restaurants at the popular resort remain closed for extra protection. Despite the closures, the ski runs remain populated and guests continue to take advantage of the great recreational options.
In a public statement, Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows explained that the area will continue to ensure that all guests and citizens will remain safe. Measures such as free bottled water are being implemented under the water is considered one hundred percent bacteria free.
The area is remaining open about the issue and has been very forthcoming about measures and repairs being taken to fix the issue. Nicks also reiterates that ensuring the public’s safety is the authority’s most important responsibility.
The health alert was first brought to the attention of the Placer County Department of Environmental Health back in the beginning of November,