The Olympic Valley area of California’s Placer County was once the scene of the Winter Olympics, but is now the scene of a very different battle after the historic Squaw Valley Ski Resort reported it was one of a number of local well water users affected by a major rainstorm in the region. Placer County Environmental Health officials have reported a number of local wells were contaminated with bacteria following a major rain event that brought unexpected levels of rain water to a number of wells.
Despite the problems being faced in just a small portion of the large Squaw Valley resort the Public Relations Director, Liesl Kenney has released a statement to provide updates on the positive work being completed to return an isolated part of the Squaw Valley water supply to normal safety levels. Kenney explained the ski resort remains open for business with skiing permitted from the top to the bottom of the mountain as the affected water supply has been cut off from the public; Kenney continued to explain the well water system in the Gold Coast and High Camp areas had been upgraded in the Summer of 2016 and all required precautions had been put into place to show just how unexpected the rain event causing the contamination with E.Coli and Coliform was.
The Squaw Valley statement explained the situation facing officials at the resort and reported the water testing procedures that take place at the resort on a regular basis had been so effective no visitor had been offered contaminated water before the supply was shut off. Placer Valley Environmental Health officials have been working to restore the water quality to safe levels as quickly as possible and have been joined by independent water specialists who have been brought to the resort at the expense of Squaw Valley to make sure every possible option is covered in returning the water to its previous safe levels. Placer County officials have already reported three of the four contaminated wells show no signs of E.Coli and lowered levels of Coliform, but Squaw Valley have vowed to keep restaurants and water supplies cut off in the Upper Mountain region to make sure the safety of all guests remains a priority.