OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — After a series of heavy rainstorms Placer County that took place back in October, Squaw Valley found its upper mountain ranges contaminated with strains of E. coli and coliform bacteria. In response to this, the upper mountain has since been treated extensively to deal with the problem, and it has been very successful. According to the director of Placer County Environmental Health, Wesley Nicks, three out of four wells show zero signs of E. coli and very low levels of coliform bacteria, and not a single health problem has been reported in the area. However, restaurants on the upper mountains need to stay closed and skiers are still advised to not drink the water until the situation is 100% dealt with.
On top of this, Public Relations Director, Liesl Kenney, released a full statement to address the water quality. Kenney states that the problem came as a result of bad weather leading to the flooding of the water systems at High Camp and Gold Coast causing the wells in that area to be contaminated. However, none of the water systems that were contaminated were ones used by the public and no one was in danger.
Kenney goes on to say that the Squaw Valley Public Service District and Placer County Environmental Health were swiftly contacted to make sure the situation was handled properly and with care. They have worked to ensure that the water is at safe and usable levels and will not continue normal operations in the affected areas until the situation is resolved.
The report ends with Liesl Kenney saying that the safety of skiers and customers is their number one concern and they will continue to deal with the issue. Visitors of the affected Gold Coast and High Camp areas will also be provided with free bottled water until the water systems are fixed and they can confirm that it is fixed.