Placer County residents are probably well aware of the overall impact that recent storms have had on the area. They might not be as aware of the impact that the storms have had on Squaw Valley. One of the biggest reasons for this is that management quickly leaped into action the second there was any suspension that the weather might have a significant impact on the resort. This quick action resulted in detection of storm related water impurities before anyone was actually exposed to it.
Liesl Kenney, the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, recently issued a statement about the current status of Squaw Valley. Kenney began by verifying that the area had suffered water contamination as a result of the intense weather conditions. The issue was traced back to inundation of a recently upgraded water system. The water contamination is limited to this one specific system.
The quick actions by Squaw Valley are producing great results at a rapid pace. The water supply has been verified as E. coli free. Coliform is totally absent from one well, and is currently at low levels in the other three. Kenney also stressed that the safety of customers is of paramount importance. As such, there’s no current set time for water services to be resorted. Squaw Valley is waiting for health officials to verify that all available water is clean before restoring service to guests.
In the meantime, guests will be provided with free bottled water during their stay. All of the services normally available at Squaw Valley are also still operating as they normally would. The one exception is the upper mountain restaurant services. It’s easy to see why this would be the case, given the large amount of water needed for food preparation.
Kenney also stressed the fact that no contaminated water was ever presented to the public. The contaminated water supply has been isolated ever since the storms inundated the upgraded system. Since that point it’s continued to remain isolated and guests can enjoy the facilities without any concerns about it having an impact on their fun.