Thursday, December 8, 2022

Second water testing at USS Eisenhower yields negative results

The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (MC2 Marcus L. Stanley/Navy)
The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (MC2 Marcus L. Stanley/Navy)

During routine water testing, water aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) tested positive for E. coli and coliform Thursday.

However, Norfolk Naval Shipyard officials on Friday said a secondary water testing from additional samples taken aboard the Eisenhower have all come back negative for any contaminants.

Eisenhower is moored at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a planned maintenance period.

“Potable water for water fountains, restrooms and dining facilities on the ship was secured and water coolers were put in place for all personnel on the ship,” said Anna Taylor, Norfolk Naval Shipyard spokeswoman. “As a precaution, drinking fountains and restrooms on the pier where Eisenhower is moored were secured.  These precautionary measures remain in place while additional testing continues.”

Multiple shipyard buildings adjacent to the Eisenhower had water testing performed at approximately the same time and came back negative for any contaminants, Taylor added.

She said 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 on the installation.

If all outstanding test results are negative, drinking fountains and restrooms on the pier will be reopened, and potable water services aboard the Eisenhower will be restored.

The cause of the contamination on the ship is under investigation.

Related Articles

MORE FROM AUTHOR