A recent rainstorm striking the Placer County region of California has caused major issues across this portion of the state close to Lake Tahoe for a number of residential and commercial well owners. One of those affected by a rain event that pushed far more water than could reasonably be expected into a number of Placer County wells is Squaw Valley Ski Resort, where a small four well system serving the Upper Mountain area of the resort has been closed off due to the presence of E.Coli and Coliform.
Squaw Valley Public Relations Director Liesl Kenney has praised the water system and testing procedures implemented at the resort that allowed the bacteria to be identified long before it could be offered to any visitor. Kenney went on to explain the resort takes the safety and good health of guests extremely seriously and upgraded the affected wells in the Summer of 2016 just months before the unexpected rain event took place; the safety procedures the resort has in place allowed the presence of E.Coli and Coliform to be identified and the water from the affected wells turned off as the first step of the recovery process. Officials from Squaw Valley immediately contacted Placer County Environmental Health officials and their counterparts with Squaw Valley local government; finally, Squaw Valley has also employed a number of independent water experts to aid in eliminating all bacteria from the water supply.
The speed with which the contamination was spotted and the reaction of officials at Squaw Valley has resulted in no medical problems being linked to the contaminated water affected by an inundation of groundwater. Eradication techniques have so far removed all traces of E.Coli from three of four affected wells and seen Coliform reduced in the same well systems; visitors to the historic resort are currently being offered complimentary bottled water as restaurants in Gold Coast and High Camp remain closed to the public to ensure no health problems occur due to any drinking water issues.