An extended statement has recently been issued dealing with reports of E. coli and coliform bacteria being detected in Squaw Valley’s upper mountain drinking water. The Placer County Department of Environmental Health was initially notified of the potential health issue on Nov. 8 of last year.
Since those findings, the water has been receiving ongoing treatment and showing evident signs of improvement. Wesley Nicks, director of Placer County Environmental Health, informed the Sierra Sun that 3 of the 4 wells have absolutely no E. coli and the levels of coliform have dropped tremendously.
Squaw Valley’s upper mountain restaurants will still remain closed until clearance has been granted for skiers and other tourists until the water is feasible. There is also a major concern for ski resort safety.
The Squaw Valley upper mountain statement was issued in regard to the quality of the drinking water. Squaw Valley officials reassured the Placer County Dept. of Environmental Health that their customers’ safety and well-being was their primary concern. The statement claimed that a severe rainstorm in October severely affected a number of water systems in Placer County.
The reports claimed due to the rainstorm, an upgraded water system had to installed in the summer months at Gold Coast and High Camp. This also resulted in that system being contaminated as well. The upside to it was that none of the other water systems in Squaw Valley were affected. Squaw Valley made sure that the public had no access to contaminated water.
A series of test were run for detecting the contaminated water systems in Squaw Valley and the Placer County Environmental Health and Squaw Valley Public Service District were contacted immediately in regards to the issue. Squaw Valley officials also employed the help of other top water safety specialists. Squaw Valley has committed to working with these specialists until their water has returned to its safe state and is at normal levels.