The Squaw Valley ski resort has issued a lengthy statement outlining its response to the water contamination that was found on the Upper Mountain portion of its resort. Squaw Valley’s statement also included a report with an update on the current water quality level at upper mountain’s drinking water supply. The following is a transcription of the statement issued by the Olympic Valley based ski resort known as Squaw Valley.
A massive rainstorm was the culprit behind the contaminated water supply at Upper Mountain. Much higher than usual precipitation led to flooding of the water supply system which had actually been only upgraded. The flooded waters in turned out, had dangerous e-coli and other coliform bacteria which then seeped into Upper Mountain’s water supply systems. The affected parts of the Upper Mountain water supply system included the sections of High Camp and Gold Coast.
Squaw Valley wants to make it clear that as soon as the resort found out that there was contamination at one of its water supplies, the appropriate authorities were notified and the appropriate action was taken. This included contacting the Placer County Environmental Health department and notifting the Squaw Valley Public Service District that a contamination of the water supply at the High Camp and Gold Coast parts of the Upper Mountain area had occurred. The water supply was also immediately shut down upon the learning of dangerous coliform bacteria present in it.
The resort also wishes to stress that there was never any danger to the public of being exposed to the contaminated water supply. All tourists and guests at the Upper Mountain area were promptly notified not to drink any of the water. Bottled water was provided to them and continues to be provided until the contamination is completely resolved. All restaurants at the Upper Mountain area have also been shut down and will continue to be until the contamination of the Upper Mountain drinking water is certified to be free of dangerous bacteria.
According to Squaw Valley’s latest reports, three of the four wells at Upper Mountain are free of the e-coli bacteria. These three wells also contain minute amounts of coliform bacteria. The resort continues to take all the necessary precautions and actions to restore its water supply to safe standards.