Squaw Valley’s Report on the Upper Mountain’s Water Quality

After the torrential downpours of October, among the highly affected was the water systems in Placer County. The Placer County’s Environmental Health Department released a report to inform the residents that the upper mountains’ water of Squaw Valley was contaminated with E. coli and bacteria coliform. After the story had emerged, Squaw Valley swung into action and commenced water treatment. According to Wesley Nicks, Placer County Environmental Health’s director, among the four primary wells that were utilized for serving the Upper Mountain, three of them had recorded significantly low levels of contamination.


Still, however, people are engaging in bottom skiing. The restaurants have remained shut, and skiers have been prohibited from drinking water from the contaminated Upper Mountain until the process of treating the water was over, and water declared safe. Through Liesl Kenney, the public relations director, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows issued a report dated November 30. The statement detailed the issues and concerns about the water quality at Upper Mountain. Heavy showers resulted in the inundation of the upgraded water system of Squaw Valley at Gold Cast and High Camp. The situation led to the entire system being contaminated. The statement stated that contamination had just occurred in one particular system and that no other systems had been affected.


In addition, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows reported that skiers were not availed with contaminated water. The routine testing by Squaw Valley detected coliform and E. coli bacteria. Promptly, the management, after the detection, contacted the Squaw Valley’s Public Service District and the Environmental Health Department of Placer Counter. With the guidance and help from other water professionals and experts, Squaw Valley incorporated swift measures and steps to combat and fully eradicate the contamination issue. The Squaw Valley management planned to embark on continuous water treatment process until the problem was fully contained.


The Ski Resort treasures and values their client’s health. The management together with experts resolved that the water at Gold Cast and High Camp would not be utilized until the appropriate health officials, as well as other water experts, approved that the water was clean, uncontaminated and fit for human consumption. Fortuitously, guests in the two fun locations would continue to have full access to the facilities normally like before. Besides, they will receive free clean bottled water.