Drinking water onboard USS Eisenhower tests positive for bacteria

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PORTSMOUTH,Va. (WAVY) — A routine test onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard discovered e-coli and coliform in the ship’s water supply Thursday.

The shipyard confirmed on Friday that secondary tests of additional water samples all came back negative for any contaminants.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard spokeswoman Terri Davis told WAVY.com they put precautionary measures in place while additional testing continues. Potable water used for fountains, restrooms and the ship’s dining facilities on the ship were secured. Davis also said water coolers were put in place for all personnel on the ship and Pier 5, where the ship is docked.

Water at several buildings adjacent to the carrier were also tested and came back negative for contaminants.

The cause of the contamination is under investigation. Davis says the shipyard routinely tests its water in accordance with the state-regulated Water Quality Program and has had no results of E. Coli or coliform at any locations onboard the installation.  

USS Eisenhower was sent to the shipyard almost a year ago for maintenance to improve the ship’s mechanical and electrical systems.

We’ll continue to follow this story on WAVY.com.

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