The major rains that affected a large part of the Lake Tahoe region of California have been well reported, but the effects of these storms are still being felt in some areas where drinking supplies of groundwater have been negatively affected by an inundation of contaminated water. The Squaw Valley Ski Resort has already reported it saw four isolated wells serving parts of the Upper Mountain area of its slopes contaminated with E.Coli and Coliform that forced officials at the historic former site of the Winter Olympics close down the supply of water from the affected wells.
After the contamination was identified the first step taken by the resort was to shut down all supplies from the contaminated wells, and informed officials from Placer County Environmental Health Department and the Squaw Valley local government to begin the process of removing the contaminants. Squaw Valley has maintained the shut off of the water supply from the contaminated wells since they were identified and proven the success of their testing procedures as they reported no individual medical issue has so far been linked to contaminated water from the resort.
In a bid to make sure all bases are covered when it comes to keeping visitors safe and returning the water supplies to their previous safe drinking levels Squaw Valley has also looked to employ a number of water quality experts to assist with the eradication of bacteria. The battle to return the water quality to its earlier safe levels is already showing positive results as a spokesperson for Placer County Environmental Health Department revealed the four affected wells are already returning to their safe drinking levels; three of four affected wells now show no traces of E.Coli and lowered levels of Coliform. Complimentary bottled water is being provided to visitors skiing and visiting the Upper Mountain region and will continue to be provided until the water supplies are declared safe by Environmental Health officials.