In 2016 there was a commotion happening at the Squaw Valley located in the state of California. Squaw Valley is a widely popular ski resort and has visitors at all times.
On November 8, 2016, there was a report against the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. The report was regarding the lack of quality of the drinking water. Allegedly, the drinking water was contaminated with E. coli and coliform bacteria. The contamination of the water was detected in the highest part of the upper mountain of Squaw Valley.
As a result of the report, immediate action was taken, and the Placer County Environmental Health began ongoing treatment of the drinking water. Within a few weeks, the water started showing signs of clearing. After some more cleaning, the test results of the water indicated that the E. coli was completely gone and the coliform bacteria was nearly gone as well.
In order to prevent any potential health problem, a ban was issued, and skiers were no longer allowed to drink any of the water; restaurants on the upper mountain of the resort were also closed down for the time being until it was completely safe to use the drinking water again.
Mrs Liesl Kenny is the Public Relations Director for the resort of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. She gracefully provided a public statement about the issue with the drinking water. The report explains how the water got contaminated. The recent downpours were too heavy for the water system to handle. Many of the local water systems were affected as well. The sludge water caused the contamination of the drinking water. Over the summer, there was a new addition to the water systems that have since ben removed because they were not good enough to avoid the bacteria and the E. coli. The statement also includes a promise that the contaminated drinking water was never even available to the visitors of the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort. The public had been safe and protected from the contaminated water all along. In order to make up for the inconvenience, the resort supplies its visitors with bottled water that is completely free of charge. They also promise to keep being transparent about the issue.