Once again, as Liesl Kenney shows, Squaw Valley proves that the safety of their guests “is paramount” to the resort.
In a statement issued by the PR Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Kenney explained exactly how the contamination found its way into the water supply, as well as how that’s affected the resort and the measures they’ve taken to combat it.
First, he explained that the contamination took place over the summer when the resort was upgrading their water system – a necessity, he says, that was caused by freakish weather that shook all of Placer County.
“At no point was contaminated water available to the public,” he said, addressing concerns that some might have. So far there have been no reports at all that anyone has gotten sick from the contamination, nor that any guests were ever even given access to water that had been contaminated.
The slight contamination also only affects the water systems that feed into High Camp and Gold Coast.
“After our routine testing detected this issue, we immediately contacted Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. We also moved immediately to consult with other leading water safety experts… We will not return to our regular water usage at High Camp or Gold Coast until we are fully assured by health officials and other experts that the water is safe.”
Kenney said that they are offering free bottled drinking water for those guests affected by the water issue and that Squaw Valley will notify its guests as soon as experts confirm that all contamination is gone.
Recently, the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley, Liesl Kennedy, issued a statement regarding their ongoing cleaning of Squaw Valley’s upper mountain water supply.
Due to heavy rain waters flooding Squaw Valleys upgraded water system in October, four wells were flooded with contaminated water. None of this water was ever made public for consumption. Squaw Valley’s routine maintenance on the upgraded system discovered E.coli and coliform bacteria in the water supply. Squaw Valley notified the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on November eighth.
The staff at Squaw Valley has been working in cooperation with Placer County officials to treat and retest the wells frequently to ensure that the contaminants percentages are lessening. As of the latest water test, three out of four wells presented with low levels of coliform bacteria and no E.coli present in the water.
The public has been allowed to ski the upper mountain as per usual, but there is a water ban on the usage of the well water in the upper mountain area until the water tests came back negative of any harmful contaminants. Squaw Valley customers do have use of the upper mountain facilities, plus the ski resort is offering bottled water for skiers that are using the area.
The Placer County Health Department and Squaw Valley will continue to work together treating and testing water until this issue is resolved. Squaw Valley has been keeping the public informed of the water’s status through their website and will continue to update the status until the water is fit for public consumption.