Placer County residents are well aware of the importance of Squaw Valley. The picturesque landscape and great skiing offer a great draw for tourists and a lot of fun for locals as well. However, locals are probably also aware of the general disruption caused by some recent storms. These storms had a heavy impact on many of the Placer County water systems. Squaw Valley found themselves looking at some associated water problems as well. To address these concerns, Liesl Kenney offered an official statement to help keep people informed as to the current situation.
One of the most important points is that Kenney made it clear that no guests had ever accessed tainted water. Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District were contacted immediately upon initial concerns over the possibility of contamination during the storms. The issue was eventually identified and isolated as a new water system which had been installed during the summer.
Experts are currently treating and testing the water supply in order to bring it up to full purity. At the moment the water has been cleared of any E. coli. Coliform is present in some parts of the water supply, but only at low levels. And this too is being treated so that it will be absent by the time water is once again available to the public. Kenney stressed that the safety of guests is paramount and that the water supply won’t be open again until it’s been verified as safe by experts.
Additionally, Kenney provided updates on the operating procedures for Squaw Valley. Due to the amount of water needed for cooking, the restaurants will be closed. However, guests will obviously still require clean water for their personal use. As such, guests will be provided with complementary bottled water as desired. Otherwise service in the area will remain unaffected by the water treatment. Additionally, Kenney offered assurances that guests would be alerted when the treatment and testing process was completed.