In November 2016, Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, released a statement addressing a water contamination issue that affected one of the water lines at the resort. The issue resulted from a heavy storm. Temporarily the water in this line contained E. coli and coliform bacteria. The resort determined that these contaminates were present during a routine water testing. They immediately turned these findings over to Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. Director of Placer County Environmental Health Wesley Nicks confirmed that soon after the water received treatments E. coli was no longer detected and that levels of coliform found had been substantially reduced. During water treatment resort restaurants remained close while top-to-bottom skiing remained opened. Guests were served bottled drinking water. No guest, including skiers, were allowed access to contaminated water.
Liesl Kenney shared with the public the resorts devotion to their customers. Kenney explained that regular water usage would not resume until the resort were fully sure that experts could confirm the water to be safe for consumption. The resort worked closely with water experts, Placer County Environmental Health, and the Squaw Valley Public Service District to effectively resolve the water contamination issue.
Guest at High Camp and Gold Coast were able to continue to access the resort’s facilities fully and stay hydrated from free bottled water. The resort confirmed that they would continue to update guests and let them know when experts had determined the issue was completely resolved.