Squaw Valley Issues Statement Regarding Contamination Scare

On Nov. 8, the Placer County Health Department issued a statement regarding the detection of bacteria and E-coli found in Squaw Valley water wells.


It was reported that the drinking water in Squaw Valley’s upper mountain region tested positive for traces of E-coli and coliform. The findings pose a potential environmental health risk to visitors and area wildlife.


Despite the fact that the water has been deemed undrinkable, Placer County Health Department ruled not to close Squaw Valley. Visitors, however, will be fed only prepackaged foods and beverages until further notice. There will also be signs posted throughout the grounds informing visitors of the situation.


On Nov. 30, Squaw Valley Public Relations Director Liesl Kinney, released a response outlining what steps are being taken to resolve the issue and preserve public safety.


It was reported that unusually heavy rains soaked the area and inundated Squaw Valley’s water system. The upgraded water systems at High Camp and Gold Coast were particularly affected. Testing showed that no other areas within the site were contaminated.


Once the contamination was found, Placer County Health Department was contacted immediately. Other experts were called in to consult. Although the situation is being addressed, water quality is not at normal levels. The situation will be monitored around the clock. As soon as the water reaches an acceptable level, Squaw Valley will continue with its current safety measures.


Kinney stated that the health and safety of the public was their primary concern. Updates will be given until the situation is corrected.

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