Most residents are quite aware of the recent storms which had a big impact on Placer County’s water supply. Several water systems in the area were affected by the storms. One of the most significant was the Squaw Valley resort. The Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Liesl Kenney, offered an update about the current status of the area’s water supply.
Most importantly to anyone planning to vacation in the area, Squaw Valley is still open for everyone to enjoy. However, there are some changes which have been necessitated by the concerns over water quality. It’s not feasible to operate restaurants under conditions of limited water use. As such, restaurants and dining facilities will remain closed for the duration of the water testing and treatment. However, Kenney also stated that free bottled water will be issued to guests for the duration of the process. As Kenney also stated, the safety of guests is paramount. And obviously guests require clean drinking water for a safe and enjoyable stay in the area. Other than those changes, guests can expect to enjoy the same experience that the area has always been able to provide.
There’s currently no estimated date for this treatment to be finished. Health officials and other experts have been a part of the process since the very beginning. And water won’t be opened to the public again until all the experts have been able to verify that the water supply is safe and pure. In fact, Squaw Valley officials contacted the Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District to help facilitate this process right from the beginning. The issue was identified as inundation of an upgraded water system which had been installed over the summer. While the scope of the issue is limited, Squaw Valley is dedicated to ensuring that all water is tested and treated in order to preserve the safety of guests. Currently the testing and treatment is showing that there is no E. coli in any of the area’s water supply. Some wells show coliform, but at a low concentration. This too is being treated in order to ensure that the water supply will be safe and pure before guests are provided with access to it again.