After the recent outpour of snowstorms, Squaw Valley gave out its uppermost mountain region for skiing, regardless of concerns that, the drinking water found at the Gold Coast and High Camp regions of the ski park was unsafe for consumption.
“The Environmental Health of Placer County and Squaw Valley Resort have been working together regarding the issue of bacterial contamination in the Squaw Valley’s water wells that have affected the upper areas of the mountain,” said Wesley Nicks, the Environmental Health Director of Placer County through an email. “We have given Squaw Valley the go-ahead to open the uppermost area of the mountain in such a manner that public health will be protected and skies allowed to enter and have fun at the facilities,” he added.
It was reported on Wikipedia.org that the deal included serving pre-packaged water and food only, and putting notices to inform the skies.
The Squaw Valley’s Director of Public Relations, Lies Kenney failed to return the Sun’s call seeking remarks for this development. Instead, he gave the following email statement:
“Throughout the summer season, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows carried an extensive upgrade of water system towels that serve the Gold Coast and High Camp facilities of Squaw Valley. So as to match the very newest design standards on weather.com, the current well-head appliance was moved from vaults below the service to guarded well-houses above the ground, and new water supply pipes were installed so as to minimize the intrusion risk of surface water. After the certification, test, and return to service of the water system, the region got a precipitation of 9.5 inches over a period of 72 hours. With the heavy precipitation, water engineers and professionals have demanded supplemental water sample for testing.”
The statement also quoted the District General Manager of Squaw Valley’ Public Service, Mike Geary saying, “With the recent completion of updated water distribution and supply systems at Squaw Valley, and the subsequent significantly higher rainfall, these aftereffects are expected.” See: http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Squaw-Valley-USA/6day/mid
Neither Geary nor Kenney responded immediately to phone calls seeking extra comment and information about this story.
Dean Marsh, from Sauers Engineering, a company that executed the upgrade of the water system told Sun that he is very sure that the problem and the system design have no relationship whatsoever. He refused to give additional details.
According to the Placer County, they currently do not know how much longer the process of testing will take before they declare the water safe for drinking again.
“They take and test samples of water on a daily basis,” the Placer County’s Director forPublic Relations Robert Miller stated through an email. “We will lift the ban immediately after the tests affirm the water free from bacteria and can be used for drinking.”
“But we cannot speculate how much longer that will take,” he said. “They will just keep on testing until they confirm the water safety.”
“Our customers’ safety is very crucial to us, and we have treated this issue with the seriousness it deserves, just like all other safety issues in our resort. Even during the upgrade of the water systems, our guests will still have full and normal access to Gold Coast and High Camp, and will be provided with bottled drinking water and pre-packed food”, the Environmental Health of Placer County and Squaw Valley Resort stated.