According to an article published on December 1, 2016, on Sierra Sun, Squaw Valley Health officials have finally responded to the media about the news of the drinking water getting polluted in the upper mountain region of Squaw Valley. Recently, news has been moving around that E. Coli, and coliform bacteria have been found in the drinking water of the Squaw Valley. The first report of the health hazard on squawalpine.com was made for the first time at the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on November 8. Since this first report, strict actions were taken to assess the water content as well as improving its quality at the same time.
It has been found out that three out of the four wells in the upper mountain regions have been found out to have trace amounts of coliform and E. coli. The information was confirmed for Sierra Sun by Wesley Nicks, director of Place Country Environmental Health. For the time being, all the restaurants have been closed for tourists as well as local people. A strict issue has been given which prohibits all the people including skiers to drink water from any one of the wells of the upper mountains of the Squaw Valley. However, skiing is still being allowed at the famous ski resort.
On Sunday at 6:07 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, Liesl Kenney finally gave a full statement which explains the complete scenario of the drinking water problem in the Squaw Valley. Liesl is a Public Relations Director of the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Liesl tells that the drinking water problem started when there was torrential rain followed by a storm in October. The stormy weather leads to the flooding of the upgraded water system in Placer County. The water system has been installed during summer at High Camp and Gold Coast.
According to Liesl, only the water system at High Camp and Gold Coast was contaminated, and all the other water sources are still pure and drinkable. He ensured that the water which is distributed to the public was not contaminated in any case. After the routine test of the water in the Squaw Valley was done, the report was submitted to the Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. Liesl and his team also contacted other health officials and safety experts. With the help of advice from these health experts, Liesl, and his team were able to adequately address the issues and continue with the purification process till the entire water system comes to healthy level. He confirms that the regular usage of water at High Coast or Gold Coast will not be allowed until health officials say that the water is completely safe to drink.
Liesl says that the health department of the Squaw Valley is very dedicated towards the safety of the people. Free bottled drinking water is available for the locals and the tourists at High Camp and Gold Coast for drinking purpose. He also gives his heartfelt gratitude towards the Place County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for constant help and cooperation.