Squaw Valley Ski holdings have made a statement regarding well contamination following heavy rainfall. Recently, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows began construction on an upgrade to their water systems which moved their underground water infrastructure to above ground and improved their pipelines. On November 8th reports of E. coli came in because of a major increase in rainfall. Due to the resort’s swift action, no guest ever drank contaminated water.
After the findings from the routine testing, the resort immediately took action to prevent further contamination and contacted the Squaw Valley Public Service District and the Placer County Environmental to ascertain the root cause. Following consultations with several water safety experts the ski resort immediately took steps to protect their customers and to provide for their comfort.
It is currently unknown how long it will take to determine when the water is safe to drink. Engineers working on the problem do not believe that the problem is rooted in the design of the upgrades to the resort’s water system. Leading experts in water safety are taking water samples daily to test for E. coli. Squaw Valley has stated that they will not return to their normal water systems until they are fully assured of its safety.
The resort has worked tirelessly to make sure that the water is potable and most recent updates show that low levels of E. coli have been reported. At this rate it should only be a matter of time until the water is fully drinkable. Guests can freely visit the resort as long as they follow simple guidelines set in place by the resort.