On November 8th, 2016, Placer County Department of Environmental Health issued a statement regarding the discovery of a minor water quality issue at Squaw Valley’s Upper Mountain. Since the discovery of the issue, the quality of the water has improved drastically, according to a statement by Wesley Nicks, director of Placer County Environmental Health.
The contamination was caused by torrential rains that overburdened the recently revamped water system, but it’s important to note that water was never available to the public, and there was no imminent threat to public health.
Squaw Valley moved swiftly to address the issue and ensure the safety and quality of their customer’s experience, and consulted the Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. The issue hasn’t affected the experience of guests at Squaw Valley’s Gold Coast and High Camp slopes as they had access to all facilities and were provided with free bottled drinking water.
Officials at Squaw Valley have reassured the public that the contaminated system will not return to normal use until deemed absolutely safe by water safety experts and public health officials. It’s clear that the issue won’t stop the public from enjoying Squaw Valley’s renowned ski resort, and that they are taking the necessary steps to ensure their customer’s safety and enjoyment of winter sports and all other services on the mountain.
Squaw Valley has been cooperating with public health officials and will keep the public up to date on the issue, and bring the existing water system back into use as soon as it is deemed absolutely safe.