After a long anticipation over potential contamination in their drinking water, the skiers of Squaw Valley finally received official communication. According to the director of Placer, Wesley Nicks, in the Department of Environmental Health in this county, three wells show zero E. coli and low levels of the Coliform present in their water at the moment. There are a total of four wells serving the Upper Mountain.
What Was The Issue?
E. coli and Coliform bacteria had been detected in the water coming from Squaw Valley’s Upper Mountain. The county’s Department of Environmental Health was the first to get this report on the 8th of November.
The report was handled with a lot of concern leading to the closure of several restaurants in the region. The residents were also not left out. A ban against drinking this water was issued almost immediately.
Who would wish to drink contaminated water? It seems like there was no need for the restriction. Moving on, at least no health complications from the residents were reported. People feared that skiing would be banned as well. However, it was business as usual at the famous ski resort.
Has The Issue Been Resolved?
Wednesday, November 30th apparently brought hope and confidence to the residents of Squaw. At 8:07 p.m. the Public Relations Director, Liesl Kenney, of Squaw Valley for Alpine Meadows provided a full statement with regards to Upper Mountain water quality.
In her statement, she assured residents that they had nothing to worry about. Contaminated water had not been channeled to the public. In fact, the issue was discovered early enough during a routine checkup.
Liesl attributed this contamination to weather changes in Placer County in October. According to her, torrential rains inundated the recently upgraded water system. The system had been installed at the High Camp over the summer as well as at Gold Coast. The system was not capable of handling the contamination. However, the other water systems were not affected.
Liesl assured the residents that her team was consulting with other relevant departments and together the team of water safety experts would handle the disaster. The concerned departments are Public Service District and the Environmental Health departments of Squaw Valley.
In the meantime, at the Gold Coast and High Camp water usage will not return to normal. Until the issue is addressed appropriately, and the health officials give an assurance that the water is safe, the affected wells will remain closed.
However, the guests at the affected camps will not be left to suffer. Liesl assured them that they would enjoy their facilities’ full access. Bottled water for drinking will be available for free. She will also give further updates on the situation as soon as she gets a report from her team of experts.
Looking at this report, it is evident that Squaw Valley puts the interest of its residents at heart. Any other selfish organization would have dosed such water with Chlorine and released it to the public. Giving credit where it’s due, Squaw Valley deserves an honor.
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