Squaw Valley Released Official Statement Regarding E. Coli In Water

Squaw Valley ski resort has released an official report on the status of their drinking water. This report addresses the efforts currently taking place to eliminate both E. coli and coliform bacteria completely from the upper mountain resort area.


The Placer County Department of Environmental Health first reported potential issues with E. coli in Squaw Valley’s drinking water on November 8th of last year. Since that time, Squaw Valley officials have taken all the necessary precautions to protect skiers from ingesting tainted water.


Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, released this latest report. Kenney first noted that October was unseasonably rainy last year. This heavy rain caused problems with water systems all across Placer County.


The main problem Squaw Valley faced was the induction of a water system used for both High Camp and Gold Coast. This induction is the main reason why the water systems at these two high mountain resorts were contaminated.


Thankfully, Squaw County does regular testing on all their water systems. During one of these routine tests, authorities saw the heightened level of E. coli and coliform bacteria. They quickly contacted Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. Squaw Valley has been working closely with the local health agencies and will provide all guests at High Camp and Gold Coast with free bottled water until the issue is resolved.


Ever since November 8th, Squaw Valley has treated their water extensively and ensured that all their guests are well aware of the E. coli issue. Right now, three out of the four wells used for the upper mountain’s water supply show great improvement. The latest tests show almost no coliform and absolutely no E. coli in Squaw Valley’s water supply.


Squaw Valley authorities have closed the upper mountain restaurants indefinitely. They have also told all skiers not to drink tap water at both High Camp and Gold Coast. There’s no word yet on when this problem will be fully resolved, but the latest tests indicate that it shouldn’t be too long before the problem is fully resolved.

Squaw Valley statement on water quality

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.