In reaction to the press release issued on November 29, 2016, concerning the detection of coliform and E. coli bacteria in the drinking water at the upper mountain of the Squaw Valley, OLYMPIC VALLEY has issued a detailed and comprehensive statement. The Placer County Department of Environmental Health received the report on potential health issue on November 8. Since then, consistent treatments have been carried, and it is generating positive results. Currently, three of the four wells responsible for supplying the upper mountain with water are indicating the absence of E-coli and low level of coliform. The Placer County Environmental Health’s director confirmed these positive results.
Business at standstill
During the entire water treatment period, all the upper mountain-based restaurants have remained closed. The skiers can go on with their skiing activities but they are not permitted to drink the water until the matter at hand is fully resolved. Top-to-bottom skiing is still going on at the famous ski resort. Hotels will start operating once the County Environment Health releases an official statement on squawalpine.com confirming that the water is fit for domestic use.
Highlights Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ statement
Liesl Kenney, who serves as the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ public relations director, released a full statement highlighting facts concerning the water quality at the upper mountain. Kenney described what caused the contamination and highlighted the measures that his company adopted to manage and eliminate the contaminants.
Strange weather event in October
Placer County experienced a bizarrely heavy rainstorm in October that affected various water systems. At Squaw Valley, the strange weather event resulted in a backlog of a recently upgraded water system set up during the summer at Gold Coast and High Camp, leading to the contamination of that water system. This contamination occurred on that water system alone, but other Squaw Valley’s systems are safe.
Routine checkup and measures to contain the contamination
During the regular checkup, Squaw Valley’s professionals detected the contaminants and moved swiftly to contact the Squaw Valley Public Service District as well as the Placer County Environmental Health. Additionally, the firm consulted with other competent water safety professionals. The resort has leveraged the assistance from these experienced water safety technicians to implement sweeping measures aimed at finding a lasting solution to this issue. The firm’s management has promised that it will not rest until things return to normalcy in the Squaw Valley area. In additional, the resort will not use the water at Gold Coast and High Camp until it gets an official confirmation from health officials and other professionals that the water is fit for usage.
Commitment to customers’ safety
Squaw Alpine Resort has made a name for itself in the hotel industry due to its unwavering commitment to clients’ safety. It has confirmed that it is taking the water issue seriously just as it does for other safety matters at the resort. Guests residing at the Gold Coast and High Camp will continue to enjoy full access to the company’s facilities such as free bottled water. They will be updated once an official confirmation that the matter has been completely resolved is received.