Upper Mountain Water Quality Statement Issued by Squaw Valley

Olympic Valley, California – After news outlets reported that E. coli and Coliform bacteria were detected in Squaw Valley upper mountain drinking water, Squaw Valley swiftly issued a statement.


Squaw Valley continuously treated the water in the upper mountain area after the report was made on Nov. 8 and immense improvements have been made since. Wesley Nicks, the director of Placer County Environmental Health, reported that very low levels of Coliform bacteria, and no E. coli, were found in three out of four of the upper mountain wells.


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Public Relations Director Liesl Kenney issued an official statement promptly on Nov. 30.


A summary of the statement reads that the contaminants were due to unusual weather that caused heavy rains to hit the Placer County area in October. An upgraded water system was installed at the High Camp and Gold Coast resort over the summer, and this upgraded system was besieged by water during the torrential rains. The contamination was limited to those areas.There were never any health issues reported and the public was never exposed to the contaminated water.


The statement also goes on to say that leading water safety experts were consulted after routine testing discovered the contamination and both the Squaw Valley water district and Placer County Environmental Health were notified promptly and effectively. Experts and health officials will have to deem the water safe, by making sure normal levels have been achieved, before High Camp and Gold Coast will resume regular usage.


In closing, the statement stresses that the safety of its guests are the priority and until everything is back to normal, bottled water will be available. High Camp and Gold Coast also gave thanks to all organizations that helped with this matter.