Amid reports of water contamination with E. coli and coliform bacteria, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ Public Relations Director, Liesl Kinney, has issued a statement regarding the water quality and the impact on the resort.
No guests of the resort were at any time exposed to any hazard from the contaminated water, the Director says. The ski slopes are still open, and operations continue normally, he added.
It appears that run off from a heavy storm affected the water quality in some of the wells. They were treated and closed off, and at no time did any contaminated water intrude into the resort’s water systems. The public was never in any danger.
The presence of E. coli and coliform bacteria was announced by the Placer County Department of Environmental Health, and immediate action was taken by the county to close the wells and treat the contaminated water. Extremely good reports have assured that the treatment is working fine, and there is no danger of any resident or guest being affected by the contaminated water.
Although several water systems were affected by the heavy runoff from the storms, no one was ever in any danger of the contaminated water, in that three of the four wells were shut down in plenty of time. The treated water is of not threat to any human or wildlife, and the resort continues to operate in its normal capacity. The slopes are open for skiers and the resorts are welcoming guests.
The resorts on the higher slopes had offered their guests free bottled water during and immediately after the incident.