The consistent improvements made to the Squaw Valley Ski Resort and its sister resort at Alpine Meadows have been highlighted in the response to a water quality problem uncovered at the resort. Squaw Valley was one of a number of well water users to identify the presence of E.Coli and Coliform in four isolated wells in Placer County, which was followed by a speedy reaction that did not allow any visitor to the resort to have an opportunity to access any of the affected water and halted the passage of these bacteria to any visitors.
In response to the discovery of the water quality issue that was caused by a heavier than expected rain event in October 2016 Squaw Valley officials made the decision to call in Placer County Environmental Health Department officials as soon as the bacteria was seen as present; overall, the response to the rain event is thought to have been successful as Squaw Valley shut off supplies from the four affected wells until the problem could be rectified. Alongside the skills of officials from Placer County a team of independent water quality experts were also called in to make sure the problem was completely rectified at the earliest possible opportunity.
The only changes to the resort are the closure of the restaurants in the Upper Mountain region as the water quality work continues and the fact that complimentary drinking water is available to all guests using the Upper Mountain region. The latest statement from Squaw Valley explains three of the four wells have already had all traces of E.Coli removed and levels of coliform have also been reduced; however, the safety and comfort of guests is of prime importance to Squaw Valley officials who have stated their work to solve any last water quality issues will be completed before restaurants and drinking water will be restored to regular use.