Squaw Valley Ski Resort has issued an extended report on the quality of its drinking water. The statement focuses on the issues surrounding the publicized concerns. It breaks down the steps that the company is undertaking to rectify the health hazard. The announcement follows reports that were made on different news sources. They mentioned that the drinking water at the resort’s upper mountain was contaminated with E. coli and coliform bacteria. The resort receives many visitors on a daily basis, thus the need to inform the public about the problem. The two types of bacteria are dangerous, thus pose serious health concerns when they contaminate drinking water.
Information regarding the presence of the bacteria was reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on Facebook. Immediately, a team was dispatched to the resort. Because of the floods, testing was immediately done to establish the safety of the water from the sources. The tests confirmed the contamination. Subsequently, this information was sent to the Placer County Environmental Health.
After careful analysis of the tests, a treatment plan was devised. The plan involved treating the water in the wells with specials chemicals to destroy all the bacteria. Over the last few weeks, the situation has improved with three out of the four wells already showing no sign of E. coli bacteria. The levels of coliform have also significantly reduced in the three wells. This is a positive step towards eliminating the bacteria and make the water fit for consumption. Wesley Nicks confirmed the impressive progress of the treatment when he spoke to the Sierra Sun on Tuesday. He is the Placer County environmental health director.
Following reports of the bacterial contamination of water sources, the managements of the upper mountain restaurants took immediate action and closed the wells. The ski resort also immediately contacted experts to advise it on how to move forward. They provided the organization with innovative solutions. Their advice has played a critical role in how Squaw Valley responded to the problem. Treatment of the water in the wells is still ongoing. The restaurants in the region will be opened once the responsible authorities have tested the water and given green lights regarding the water safety. The resort promises to keep its clients informed about the situation through periodic updates.
So far, there has been no reported health issue, and the Squaw Valley hopes that the situation will remain as such. However, the upper mountains are open to skiers and the public who would love to spend their vacation in the resort. These skiers have to carry bottled water, as they are not allowed to drink water from the affected wells.
The company’s public relations director, Liesl Kenney released the Squaw Valley’s official statement on Nov 30. The statement confirmed that the resort’s water sources in High Camp and Gold Coast had been contaminated with E. coli and coliform bacteria. It states that the contamination was caused by the inundation of the water systems because of the unusually heavy rains that pounded the area in October.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of the most famous ski resorts in the U.S. It is the second largest in the Lake Tahoe area. The resort brings in around 600,000 tourists a year, and CEO Andy Wirth aims to bring in even more with a little time.
Recently, Andy Wirth has made plans for an expansion of the resort. The expansion plan has surpassed obstacle after obstacle on its way to approval. This fall the project’s future will once again be in limbo as it awaits approval from the County Board of Supervisors, after receiving the go ahead from the Placer County Planning Commission. Read more: Andrew Wirth: Executive Profile & Biography
Andy Wirth is very positive about the project’ future despite the a crucial speedbump in negotiations. However, all parties involved have all agreed that the current traffic and transit situation needs to be addressed. The deputy director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe has made claims that the region can’t handle more traffic. Wirth has taken on the challenge of proving him wrong. It is now his intention to lead the charge to solve the traffic issue.
Andy was born on July 25th, 1963 in Neubrucke, West Germany. He attended Edinburgh University and Colorado Stata University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. Wirth worked in the resort and hotel business for over two decades.
After beginning his career with Steamboat Springs Resort in 1986, Wirth worked his way up chief marketing officer and executive vice president of Intrawest. Wirth left Intrawest in 2010, for Squaw Valley as President and CEO of the company.
Even with a busy schedule, Wirth found time to become the Chairman of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation. Wirth has been a leader in the charge to develop airports and air service for major resorts and communities from Colorado to Quebec. Wirth has also been a vital participate in establishing air service to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport with JetBlue service from JFK Airport.
Wirth’s prowess as a businessman and philanthropist has gained him much praise. He’s made HSMAI Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing list, as well as receiving Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA.
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