Navy Carrier's Water No Longer Testing Positive for E. Coli

Tug boats assist the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as it pulls away from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. The warship's water supply is no longer contaminated. (US Navy photo/Ryan McLearnon)
Tug boats assist the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as it pulls away from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. The warship's water supply is no longer contaminated. (US Navy photo/Ryan McLearnon)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- The drinking water on board a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier at a Virginia shipyard is no longer testing positive for E. coli or coliform bacteria.

The Virginian-Pilot reports a routine water test at a Portsmouth shipyard Thursday found the contaminants on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The Eisenhower was at the shipyard for maintenance work.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard spokeswoman Anna Taylor said Friday that the Navy is awaiting results from additional water samples before giving the all-clear.

Shipyard spokeswoman Terri Davis said the cause is being investigated. Davis said the ship was closed to all but essential personnel. Water was shut off to the ship's fountains, restrooms and dining facilities. The ship was being provided water by the pier where it's docked. Water tested near the ship did not contain contaminants.

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