The historic Squaw Valley Ski Resort has recently been explaining how it has made a positive impact on a water quality issue caused by a major rainstorm that affected many well water users across the Placer County region of California. In response to the issues surrounding the water quality of the Upper Valley region of the resort officials at Squaw Valley and Placer County Environmental Health Department have released statements detailing how the water quality issue has been handled over the course of the last few weeks.
The rain event that caused the issues with four wells in the Upper Mountain region of the resort resulting in E.coli and coliform being discovered in the water of four quickly identified wells. The statement from Squaw Valley explained their own water quality checks had identified the presence of the two dangerous forms of bacteria before it was offered to any visitors to the slopes; restaurants have been closed since the water issue was identified as the safety of residents has always been at the top of the list of priorities for Squaw Valley’s owners and employees.
As soon as the initial issues with water quality were identified at Squaw Valley experts were called in to handle the situation and make sure the impact of the water quality issues were as minimal as possible. Not only did officials at Squaw Valley call in the Placer County Environmental Health Department, they also called in their own individual water experts who worked together to restore water quality as quickly as possible. By the end of November 2016 the water quality of three of the four wells had been restored to a level where no E.Coli was found in the wells and coliform had been reduced to trace levels.
Despite the positive results seen in the water quality at Squaw Valley the drinking water to the Upper Mountain region will not be restored until all wells have been returned to their original quality levels. The slopes of the resort are open from top to bottom and complimentary drinking water is available for all visitors to the upper slopes of the resort.