The heavy rains this year have been both a blessing and a curse. The drought relief is certainly welcome, but the sheer volume of rain has caused many other problems all up and down the west coast. The new water system upgrade at High Camp and Gold Coast at Squaw Valley experienced its own problems from the heavy rains.
After a routine test of the drinking water E. coli and traces of coliform were found in the water. But, due to quick action, no one was effected and it looks like the water system will be safe for consumption very soon.
The Placer County Department of Environmental Health made a report on November 8th about the potential danger of consuming the drinking water. With the help of water experts, they started treating the four wells immediately and were able to bring the level of contamination down to safer levels.
As of December 1st, there was very low levels of coliform and E. coli present in the wells. The resort remains open to skiers, although the restaurant at upper mountain is closed, and are provided with plenty of clean bottled drinking water.
The public was never in danger due to the quick response of the health department and officials at the Squaw Valley resorts. They want to assure everyone that the resort will remain open and full access to all the facilities, with plenty of bottled water for the guests.
Don’t let the water issue stop you from enjoying some skiing. Although the rain has caused numerous problems this year, it’s also making for plenty of snow. So, get out and enjoy some powder.