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.