The Upper Mountain region of California’s Squaw Valley Ski Resort have always been among the most popular for visitors who are looking to ski and enjoy Squaw Valley’s slopes from the very top of the mountain to the bottom. A recent rainstorm has caused a problem for the resort as four wells providing water for destinations including Gold Coast and High Camp were inundated with contaminated water, which pushed E.Coli and Coliform into the wells that were immediately removed from the resort water supply when a routine test of the well water showed traces of these bacteria had become present.
Squaw Valley officials quickly notified the Environmental Health Department of Placer County and Squaw Valley District officials who came together to assist in removing these dangerous contaminants from this isolated portion of the water supply. Throughout the history of Squaw Valley independent water experts have often been called in to make sure all water supplies are safe, the discovery of the contamination was treated no differently with independent experts offering their assistance in a bid by Squaw Valley to solve the water quality problem as quickly as possible.
All visitors to the ski resort can feel safe and confident in the fact they have no chance of coming into contact with any contaminated water as the four affected wells have been removed from service until the bacteria is completely removed from the system. Success is being achieved with the Upper Mountain water supply as Wesley Nicks of Placer County Environmental Health has revealed E.Coli is no longer present in three of the affected wells, Coliform levels are also falling as the treatment options implemented have proven successful.
As always, the safety of all visitors to Squaw Valley remains the priority for resort officials who have pledged to continue to offer complimentary bottled water to guests until the Upper Mountain supply is returned to normal. Quite rightly Squaw Valley officials are pleased with the fact no health issues have been linked to the contamination of the four wells and will maintain this record by keeping Upper Mountain restaurants closed until the water supply is returned to its previous safe quality level.