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Navy: water aboard USS Eisenhower no longer testing positive for contaminants

A T-45C Goshawk attached to Training Air Wing 1 moves across the flight deck of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Sept. 16, 2015.

U.S. NAVY

By COUTNEY MABEUS | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: July 28, 2018

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Tribune News Service) — Drinking water aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is no longer testing positive for E. coli and coliform bacteria, though the Navy is awaiting results from additional samples before giving the all-clear, Norfolk Naval Shipyard spokeswoman Anna Taylor said in an email Friday afternoon.

Routine water testing Thursday at the shipyard in Portsmouth, where the carrier is undergoing maintenance, revealed the contaminants. Terri Davis, a shipyard spokeswoman, said Thursday the Navy is investigating the cause and the carrier was closed to all but mission-essential personnel.

Potable water for fountains, restroom sinks and dining facilities on the carrier was shut off and will be unavailable until all sample results are returned, Taylor said. Drinking fountains and restrooms on the pier where the Eisenhower is moored were also secured and the Navy is providing water coolers on the ship.

Water is provided to the carrier along the pier and the Eisenhower, also known as the Ike, is not producing its own water. Water tests around the same time at buildings near the Ike were negative for contaminants.

“Norfolk Naval 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 on the installation,” Taylor wrote.

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