In December, Squaw Valley issued an updated statement concerning their water issue. In November, Placer County Department of Environmental Help received notice that both E. coli and coliform bacteria were detected in a water supply used in the Upper Mountain at Squaw Valley. Heavy rains in October affected a number of water systems in Placer County, and the biggest issue was with a newly upgraded water system installed just that summer at High Camp and Gold Coast. This inundation of rain water resulted in the contamination of that system, and the contamination was only found in that one water system.
Squaw Valley detected the issue during routine testing and immediately contacted Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. They also rapidly began consulting with leading experts in water safety. With the help of all these allies, Squaw Valley have been working hard and continue to work to address the issues with the water. The area is committed to not returning to usage of that water until the problems have been entirely resolved.
Squaw Valley takes the safety of their customers in high regard, and has made sure that no guests were affected by the water issues. Restaurants on the upper mountain were closed and remain so until the water is safe to consume. Guests are still invited to enjoy skiing and many other things the area offers, and free bottled water will be provided for all guests.
The water has been consistently treated since E. coli and coliform were both detected, and so far the area is happy to report that more recent testing shows no E. coli present in the water and very low levels of coliform. No health issues related to the water have been reported. Squaw Valley will continue to treat the water and keep the public informed of the results as their work continues.