The bacteria E. coli and coliform were detected in the drinking water at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. On November 8th, the possible health issue was reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. Since then, Squaw Valley has released an extended statement in response to the news. It is reported that the water is showing improvement and is being treated consistently. Wesley Nicks, director of Placer County Environmental Health, told Sierra Sun that three out of the four wells that provide upper mountain with water are showing low levels of coliform and no E. coli. Fortunately, no health issues have been reported but the restaurants at upper mountain will remain closed. The top-to-bottom skiing is allowed at the popular ski resort but skiers are not allowed to drink water until the issue is fully resolved. Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows released a statement regarding the water quality at Squaw Valley Upper Mountain. It is reported that a unusually heavy rain storm in October affected many water systems in Placer County. This peculiar weather event developed an overflow of an upgraded water system installed over the summer at High Camp and Gold Coast. This resulted in a contamination of that system at Squaw Valley. Fortunately, the contaminated water was not available to the public and the issue was limited to that system, not affecting any of the other water systems. The safety of their guest is Squaw Valleys most important obligation. After their standard testing the bacteria was detected and Squaw Valleys immediately contacted Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. Taking the necessary extra steps Squaw Valley contacted and consulted with the top water safety experts. The health experts continue to address the issue and treat the water until the system has returned to normal levels. Squaw Valley takes this issue very seriously and will not return to their regular water usage at High Camp or Gold Coast until the health officials and other experts assure them the water is safe. The guests at High Camp and Gold Coast will have full access to their facilities, including free bottled water for drinking. Squaw Valley will continue to update their guest and costumers on the issue and when the issue is completely resolved. They send their thanks to Placer County and Squaw Valley Public District for their help and continuous cooperation with this issues

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