Squaw Valley Statement


Squaw Valley has issued an extended statement on the water quality issues that have been an issue since October due to the heavy rain storms. They have confirmed the finding of E. coli and coliform bacteria in the water sources. The water is being consistently treated to rid the water of the bacteria. Out of the 4 wells that are used to serve the upper mountain 3 have shown to contain no E. coli, while showing only low levels of coliform. This was confirmed by the Director of Placer County Environmental Health, Wesley Nicks as told to the Sierra Sun on Tuesday. Although the restaurants in the upper mountain have remained closed top-to-bottom skiing is allowed at the famed ski resort. The skiers are prohibited from drinking the water until the issue is fully resolved. In the midst of all of this there have been no health issues reported. Squaw Valley received a heavy rain storm in October that affected several of the systems in Placer County. This health issue was first reported on November 8th to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. Due to the unusual event that occurred, a newly updated water system that was installed over the summer, the system was contaminated. Squaw Valley has worked diligently to fix the issue at hand. Squaw Valley moved quickly to consult top water safety experts to help resolve the contamination. They have assured that they will not return to regular water usage until health officials have deemed the water safe.