The end of 2016 has thrown up a number of problems for officials and executives at Squaw Valley Ski Resort that are being overcome in a significant step towards bringing the resort back to full working order once again. Routine water testing procedures in a small well water system in the Upper Mountain portion of the resort showed a major rain event had inundated just four wells with harmful bacteria; Squaw Valley officials immediately turned off the water supply to all visitors in the popular Gold Coast and High Camp locations and claimed their testing procedures have proven successful as no visitor was offered the E.Coli and Coliform contaminated water supplies.
Since the discovery of the contamination officials at Squaw Valley have refused to restart water supplies due to the contamination and have stated no restaurants or water supplies will be opened to make sure all guests are protected from harm at all times. Despite the contamination the slopes remain open from top to bottom of the mountain as guests are being consistently supplied with complimentary bottled water when visiting or skiing the small area of the resort affected by the contamination.
The steps taken by Squaw Valley upon the discovery of the presence of the harmful bacteria have allowed a speedy response to be taken by Placer County Environmental Health officials and a group of independent water quality experts employed by the resort; the decision to turn off the water has been justified with no reports of health problems associated with the bacterial outbreak yet recorded.
Squaw Valley Public Relations Director Liesl Kenney and Placer County’s Wesley Nicks have already stated the well water system updated in the Summer of 2016 has already begun to return to normal after a rain event that could not have been anticipated by resort officials. Wesley Nicks explained three of the four wells have already shown no presence of E.Coli and reduced levels of Coliform; despite this success Liesl Kenney stated the water supply would not be returned to normal until Placer County officials and independent experts declare the water system safe for human consumption.