On November 8, 2016, a possible issue was reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. The report was in regards of the coliform bacteria and the E. coli that had been detected in the upper mountain of Squaw Valley’s drinking water.
Since the announcement was made, there had been ongoing treatments done to the water in efforts to combat the potential problem that is very harmful to the health of the people that drink the water. There are four wells altogether. Three of those wells have been cleared up significantly. There are no more signs of E. coli, and the coliform bacteria is almost non-existent in the test results of the water. The statement was made by Mrs Wesley Nicks who is the director of Placer County Environmental Health. Mrs Wesley Nicks also added that there had been no signals of health issues. That is due to the closing of the restaurants located on the upper mountain. The skiers have also been banned from drinking the water until officially stated otherwise. The skiing is still available from the top to the mountain to its base.
The Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows – Mrs Liesl Kenny, provided a full public statement regarding the potential health issue. In the statement was explained exactly how the water came to be polluted – there had been extremely heavy downpours and storms. They had affected many of the water systems including Squaw Valley. Due to that a new water system was installed during the summer which had caused the pollution and the contamination of the otherwise safe drinking water. It is also stated the contaminated water had never been available to the public and the people had been safe all along. They took accurate measures immediately. The constant testing of the water and the consultations with world’s leading experts in water safety had been of significant help. While this issue was being resolved, the resort provided all of their customers with free bottled water along with frequent updates about the situation. The resort aims to remain completely transparent about the situation and will continue to provide information.