On November 30, a statement regarding concerns raised just weeks earlier (November 8), was released. It addressed the concerns that some citizens had about a recent find of coliform bacteria and E. coli in Squaw Valley’s upper mountain.
In the statement, Liesl Kenney (who is the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Public Relations Director), was quoted as saying:
“Here are the facts about water quality at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain.
“…An unusually heavy rainstorm affected several water systems in Placer County. At Squaw Valley, [it] led to an inundation of an upgraded water system installed over the summer… resulting in a contamination of that system.
“At no point was the contaminated water available to the public.
“[With help], we have taken steps to address the issue and will continue to do so until the water in the system has returned to normal levels. We will not return to our regular water usage … until we are fully assured [by experts] that the water is safe.
“The safety of our customers is paramount to use… [until the issue is resolved], our guests at High Camp and Gold Coast ill have normal and full access to our facilities, including free bottled water for drinking.”
Squaw Valley representatives have assured citizens that it will keep everyone updated on progress being made, and that all guests will be notified the moment experts give them the all-clear.