Health officials at Olympia Valley, CA detected the E. Coli and coliform bacteria in the drinking water near the Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. In response, the Squaw Valley ski resort issued a statement informing the public about the tainted water and what the Placer County’s health officials are doing about it. Three out of four wells are now showing low levels of coliform and no trace of E. coli after receiving the treatment. There are no health issues reported although the restaurants are still closed and skiers are still not allowed to drink the water.
According to the statement issued by Liesl Kenney, the public relations director for Squaw Valley, there was an unusual, heavy rain storm that inundated the water system. As a result, it became contaminated. After the storm, a routine testing was performed and the bacteria were detected. The Squaw Valley management notified the Placer Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District and work with them to eliminate bacteria in the water.
The contamination only affected the Placer County water system and none of the contaminated water was available to the public. The ski resort cannot return to regular water usage until health officials determine that the water is safe to drink. The guests have to drink bottled water, but they can still enjoy normal and full access to the facilities and activities including skiing. Of course, the ski resort continues to work hard and quickly to make the water safe and it will update the public on the improvement of the water quality.