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    Navy Investigation of Carrier Water Contamination Finds Crew, Equipment Failures

    Navy Investigation of Carrier Water Contamination Finds Crew, Equipment Failures

    A newly released Navy investigation into drinking water contamination aboard two aircraft carriers last fall found the problem stemmed from aging systems on the ships.

    But the investigation also found the incidents of contamination with E. coli and jet fuel were exacerbated by actions of crew members and policies that were unprepared to deal with contamination, particularly fuel, entering the water supply.

    The pair of incidents — though unconnected — happened within days of each other aboard the aircraft carriers Nimitz and USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of southern California in September 2022. In both cases, the initial reports of issues came from social media posts rather than Navy statements.

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    Although the Navy insists that the E. coli contamination aboard the Lincoln led to no reported issues, the service said 11 sailors aboard the Nimitz had symptoms that may have been caused by ingesting jet fuel that got into that carrier's water, though all were eventually cleared to return to duty.

    In the first incident aboard the USS Nimitz, the Navy's investigation confirmed earlier admissions by the service that jet fuel had made its way into the ship's water supply.

    However, the investigation revealed that the source of the jet fuel was not a leak but rather the result of crew members trying to work on a handful of the 26 potable water tanks…

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