Water quality should always be a major source of concern and regular testing for all resorts around the world, which has been shown to be the case for Squaw Valley Ski Resort that identified the presence of two contaminants soon after a huge rainstorm that flooded groundwater wells across the Placer County region. The Upper Mountain region of the resort has been the only area hit by the water quality issue, which is limited to four wells serving a small portion of the resort; Squaw Valley’s Public Relations Director Liesl Kenney explained skiing is being permitted in the Upper Mountain area, but restaurants and drinking water supplies remain off limits with complimentary bottled water being offered to all visitors.
Liesl Kenney explained it is important to remember the contaminated water supplies were never offered to any visitor at the resort and no health issues have so far been traced back to the contaminated water supply. Squaw Valley’s popular Upper Mountain locations of High Camp and Gold Coast are some of the best known on the slopes of Placer County, but Squaw Valley officials believe keeping restaurants and other entertainment options closed for now serves the health of their visitors and will not reopen until water quality experts have restored the water to normal levels.
In a statement released by Liesl Kenney it was revealed the upgrades to the well water systems made in the Summer of 2016 resulted in the presence of traces of E.Coli and Coliform were identified quickly during regular testing procedures. Immediately upon identifying the issues with the water supply to the Upper Mountain region it has been reported drinking water was turned off in the affected area and a number of local officials and independent experts immediately contacted; Placer County Environmental Health officials, Squaw Valley District agencies, and independent experts have since been working together and report E.Coli is no longer present in three of the four affected wells, and Coliform has also been reduced as the battle to return the water quality to normal seems ot be being won at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.