Squaw Valley Ski Resort and CEO Andy Wirth are handling the situation with the contaminated water quality on the high mountain very professionally, and they have made a public statement concerning the issue on November 30, 2016. The resort discovered the problem on November 8 as they were conducting routine tests with the water supply. They found that the new system they had installed during the summer on the high mountain had a small amount of E.coli and coliform bacteria was found.
The management immediately closed the restaurants on high mountain and reported the problem to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. The department conducted their own tests and found small amounts of the bacteria.
Squaw Valley has left skiing open to the top of the mountain to the bottom as this is a favorite for the visitors. The tourists are welcome all over the resort, and Mr. Wirth is supplying bottled water to all of the guests to use at all times.
When Mr. Wirth and the Board of Directors first found out the results of the tests, they contacted several experts on water storage to work with the resort in fixing the situation. In October, Lake Tahoe received an unusually high amount of rain, and they believe that the water syatem servicing High Camp and Gold Coast experienced much rain and affected the newly installed system resulting in contamination.
The bacteria is limited to that system, so the careful precautions to close that down confined the bacteria. Contaminated water was never available to the public, and therefore, there has been no reports of any illness.
Squaw Valley has been working diligently with the Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District to bring the water levels to normal, and they will continue to do so. When the Board has received the report that the water is safe to drink, Squaw Valley will open the restaurants on High Mountain and make another public announcement. The safety of the guests is the first priority.