The 86th Medical Group Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight presents Ramstein’s annual drinking water quality report.
This report, which is required by Air Force Instruction and mirrors the Consumer Confidence Report required by the EPA in CONUS, is designed to inform residents about the excellent water and services delivered over the past year.
The goal is to provide Ramstein residents with a safe, quality and reliable drinking water supply. We are continually striving to improve services and protect vital community water resources.
The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron water plant and exterior utility sections operate and maintain the KMC water distribution equipment and systems. CES personnel work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure the system is pressurized and maintains sufficient chlorine residual. The 786th CES personnel conduct daily operational monitoring to maintain the high quality of their final product — our drinking water.
Since Nov. 1, 2007, the two Vogelweh systems, including Kapaun Air Station, are supplied by the City of Kaiserslautern water provider Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern.
The 86th MDG Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight routinely monitors water quality throughout the systems. Each week, the flight tests chlorine and pH levels and collects water samples for bacteriological and chemical analysis. All routine monitoring requirements are conducted in accordance with the Final Governing Standards for Germany.
The Final Governing Standards for Germany defines the parameters to be monitored, most stringent U.S. and German requirements, the sampling frequency, the maximum contaminant level, the notification procedures, and what processes should be initiated if non-compliance is detected, for example, treatment techniques, bottled water issuance, etc.
The U.S. Army Public Health Command Public Health Region Europe at Landstuhl, a German and U.S.-certified and accredited laboratory, performs most of the analytical requirements.
The 86th MDG Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight routinely monitors more than 100 drinking water parameters. The table on the right shows the Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, results for Ramstein AB System I.
Due to the exceptional quality of our groundwater source, treatment is, for the most part, unnecessary. Chlorination is accomplished, because it provides a measurable means of ensuring the water is properly disinfected. All water sources are chlorinated, except the Vogelweh systems, and some of the water sources are filtered. This is done to ensure the safest, most aesthetically pleasing product for our consumers.
Although the base does not hold public meetings on its water distribution systems, we are available to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Housing residents should contact the Housing Office at 489-6643 with any water concerns. Dorm residents should contact their building manager.
Additional questions can be directed to the 86th MDG Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight by calling 479-2220 or 06371-46-2220.