Squaw Valley Issues Statement on Water Quality

Following news that E.coli and coliform bacteria were detected in the waters of upper mountain area of Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort issued a public statement reporting that all possible steps were being taken to ensure that resort’s water was safe and would remain so. The press release dates from November 30, 2016. The Pacer County Department of Environmental health received a report of possible contamination on November 8.


In spite of concerns about water quality, the famous Squaw Valley resort stayed open to skiers. The resort’s restaurants did, however, close down until the resort could verify its water was safe before. Wesley Nickes, Director of the Pacer County Department of Environmental Quality stated that by mid-November tests at three of four upper mountain wells showed declining E. coli counts and no coliform bacteria.


The November 20 press release Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows explained the source of the water issues and how they were being handled. The problem apparently began with heavy rainfall in October. The heavy rainfall overwhelmed the resort’s new water system, resulting at High Camp and Gold Coast. Squaw Valley’s press release stated that the problem was contained to the system and contaminated water never reached resort guests.


They notified Pacer County Environmental health immediately after detecting that water quality problem and consulted with water treatment experts to find out how to how to address the problem. They reported that the resort would only go back to using the water system for High Camp and Gold Coast until health officials were certain the water had been made safe. In the interim, the resort supplied bottled drinking water to employees and guests. They further noted that this practice would continue until the resort’s water quality issues had been resolved.

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