Across California’s Placer County a November rain event caused major problems for many well water users who saw their groundwater supplies inundated with contaminated water flooding into even the most protected of well water systems. Among the many well water supplies affected by the rain event was that of Squaw Valley Ski Resort where low levels of E.Coli and Coliform bacteria’s entered a single water supply system, which was immediately turned off by officials at the resort as work quickly began to return the water quality to its normal levels.
In a statement released by Squaw Valley Ski Resort at the end of November the timeline for the contamination and steps taken to return the water to a safe drinking level before it will once again be offered to any visitors. Water quality is obviously a major concern and regular testing revealed the contamination in four wells in the Upper Mountain region of the resort before any drinking water could be offered to visitors in areas such as Gold Coast and High Camp; Squaw Valley’s Liesl Kenney has revealed the slopes of Upper Mountain will remain open to skiers who will have access to complimentary bottled water until the return of the drinking water to safe levels is completed.
The first steps taken by Squaw Valley officials was to turn off all contaminated water supplies and contact Placer County Environmental Health Department and Sqauw Valley District. These officials began work on eradicating the presence of E.Coli and Coliform soon after it was identified, but Squaw Valley hope to make sure the work completed is of the highest possible quality and have even gone so far as to employ their own independent water quality experts who can bring their skills to the job of reducing the levels of dangerous bacteria in this small portion of Squaw Valley’s water supply system. The speedy actions of officials at Squaw Valley have resulted in no health issues being identified from the contaminated water supply as no visitor was ever offered water from the supplies affected after the rain event took place.