On November 30th Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort, in California, issued a statement concerning contaminated water in parts of the resort. The statement says that following an usually heavy rain parts of their water filtration system were contaminated with E. coli and coliform bacteria. Due to their diligence in testing, the contamination was found quickly and the water supply was shut down. The Placer County Department of Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District were notified immediately.
Patrons of the resort were never in contact with the contaminated water and no illnesses have been reported. Only two sections were affected, High Camp and Gold Coast. Squaw Valley has been taking the necessary steps to fix the situation and the issue is well on its way to being resolved. The resort is still open. Restaurants on the upper mountain are closed but the rest of the facilities are operational, including top-to-bottom skiing. Skiers are not allowed to drink the water until the bacteria has been eliminated. Bottled water is being provided for the guests at High Camp and Gold Coast.
The situation is being closely monitored and guests will be notified when it is resolved. Squaw Valley is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of their guests. They have been working closely with the Department of Environmental Health and other leading water safety experts to remove the bacteria from the water. Placer County Environmental Health is monitoring the bacteria in the water and said at present there is no E. coli and low levels of coliform.