There’s been quite a bit of curiosity about the results of Squaw Valley’s water treatment program. A recent extended statement has shed a lot of light on the current status of that ongoing process. The area has been receiving consistent treatments since November 8th. Recent testing of the water supply in the area has shown that there’s no detectable E. coli. To be on the safe side, restaurants at upper mountain will remain closed for the moment. This is understandable due to the amount of water required for cleaning and preparing food. However, it’s important to keep in mind that skiing at the resort remain unaffected. Visitors can still enjoy an exciting time on the slopes in just as much safety and comfort as they’ve always been able to.
The concerns over water safety begin due to heavy storms in October. This had a large impact on the water supply of Placer County. The heavier than normal storms and usage patterns led to general inundation of the water systems at Squaw Valley. This was pushed even further due to the status of some newly upgraded systems.
One thing that’s important to keep in mind is that no contaminated water was ever available to the public. And even the initial concerns over contamination were limited to the High Camp and Gold Coast areas. At the moment, while testing and treatment is ongoing in those areas guests will be provided with free bottled water. The overall plan is to continue with this model for guests until confirmation comes in that all water that would otherwise be made available to the public is confirmed as safe. Otherwise, access to the facilities should remain unaffected for guests. All of the normal athletic activities and opportunities to rest up and relax are still available.
Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, continued to stress that the safety and comfort of guests is paramount. Liesl concluded by thanking the Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for their assistance and ongoing help with the testing and treatment process.