In 2016, Squaw Valley Ski Resort was under fire for alleged water contamination. The administration released a lengthy answer concerning the report that coliform and E. coli microorganisms inhabited the source of drinking water on the upper mountain of the Squaw Valley.

According to a few reliable sources, it was the company that sent out the news about the contaminated water stations in the resort. It happened on the 8th of November at the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. Rather than fabricating alibis to cover up the whole situation or ignoring it, Squaw Valley did not let the matter go unnoticed. In truth, they began to find ways to correct the issues. To be specific, they hired water specialists who are continuously treating the water. 

The most recent news about the reservoirs, as per the words of Wesley Nicks, the environmental institution’s Director, is that they have already gotten rid of the E. coli. The number of coliform bacteria reduced greatly, as well. The only thing that this incident affected is the restaurants operating on the upper mountain. They were required to stay closed until the experts give the signal that the water is free from contaminants. Other than that, the skiers can continue to take advantage of the slopes in Squaw Valley.

Summary of the Statement Produced By Squaw Valley Ski Resort


In the letter generated by the recreational company, they discussed the reason why the problem has arisen. They also showed the light on the steps they have taken to remedy the matter.

In particular, based on Squaw Valley’s analysis, the E. coli and coliform were brought upon the wells by the rainstorm that affected the area last October. While this only increased the water level in different water systems within the county, it was the cause of flooding on the ski resort’s upper side. It even reached the newly formed stations that they had just constructed in the same year at High Camp and Gold Coast. This started the contamination in the first place. However, even though there were many other wells located near the area, it was only those specific water systems that had bacteria grow on them.

The resort’s administrators found out about the harmful microorganisms living in some of their reservoirs, on the other hand, when they conducted a routine check on the waters. As soon as they determined that a few wells were indeed contaminated, Squaw Valley informed the authorities such as the Squaw Valley Public Service District and the Placer County Department of Environmental Health concerning the issue. They also set up consultations with various water treatment experts at the same time. 


Though the problem is still not fully solved up to this day, they promise to the public that they will not avert from cleansing their wells until the last bacteria is gone for the welfare of the individuals and families who visit the ski resort. The health protection of these people means a lot to them; that’s why the employees of Squaw Valley are working rigorously to solve the situation.


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