In a recent statement published by the Sierra Sun newspaper, http://www.sierrasun.com/news/environment/squaw-valley-issues-statement-on-upper-mountain-water-quality/, Squaw Valley, a popular California Ski Resort is assuring the public that they are doing all they can to make sure their water is safe before allowing people to drink it. From the time that the contamination was first detected, Squaw Valley Holdings has been partnering with Placer County Environmental Health and Squaw Valley Public Service District personnel to treat the water and conduct proper testing to chart the progress of the water purification project.
The contamination occurred after a storm caused a rush of rain water to compromise their newly installed water treatment system at High Camp and Gold Coast. When E-Coli and coliform bacteria were found, the resort immediately closed the restaurants at High Camp and Gold Coast to protect their customers and employees. No reported cases of illness from this contamination have been reported. This is due to the fact that contaminated drinking water was never served to the public. Acting quickly and taking every conceivable precaution, shows Squaw Valley’s commitment to their customers. The testing will go on, no matter how long it takes until the water is certified by experts as safe.
Squaw Valley Holdings is taking this matter seriously and is committed to working with environmental groups and public agencies to ensure the water is safe to use for drinking and cooking. Until then, the slopes are open and free bottled water is on hand for thirsty skiers. Squaw Valley will continue to provide updates on the progress and notify the public when the water is again safe to drink.