In October of 2016, a large scale rain event in the Squaw Valley region inundated the newer water system that had been installed at the resort this past summer. The heavy rain that flooded the water systems created a contamination of the water reserves used by Squaw Valley in two regions of the resort. The two regions affected are the High Camp and Gold Coast areas. The two contaminants discovered in the water systems of these two regions were E. coli and coliform bacteria.
Once the contamination of the water in these areas was detected, the resort contacted the two primary agencies in charge of handling water contamination. The two agencies contacted were Squaw Valley Public Service District and the Health Department of Placer County. Both agencies were contacted on November 9, 2016 after contamination was confirmed through testing. Once notification of these agencies was complete, Squaw Valley immediately hired and consulted with water private water expert firms to identify and help properly treat and mitigate the contamination. Since this time Squaw Valley Ski Resorts has been working with both their private and local and regional municipal agencies to restore their water systems to their previous high quality standard.
Since early November, with the assistance of several water safety expert agencies and companies, steps have been taken to eradicate the water contamination problems. Squaw Valley has confirmed that they will not allow any water usage of their water reserves in the High Camp or Gold Coast areas to resume until the water contamination is completely resolved. The water in these two water systems is being continuously treated and monitored by experts. This process continues to be ongoing and will be until the issue is completely resolved and the water quality is restored to proper levels for both areas of the resort.
At present, both the resorts water resources have been treated consistently and both are showing significant improvement. However, three out of the four wells that serve upper mountain are showing low levels of coliform. On a positive note none of the wells tested are testing positive for E. coli. This information was confirmed by Wesley Nicks, who is the director of Placer County Environmental Health. Restaurants in the affected area have remained closed during the contamination eradication process and guests are not allowed to drink any of the water in these resort areas. Bottled water is supplied for anyone visiting these areas of the resort and the public will be notified as soon as the situation has been remedied. Squaw Valley Resort has issued a previous statement in November assuring all patrons and the general public that their commitment to the safety and well-being of their guests is their top priority. They indicated they believe the situation will be remedied soon.