Summary of 2018 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

by 86th Medical Group Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight
86th Medical Group

Note: Grey area indicates parameters too numerous for this table. All results are available upon request; however there were no exceedances. (MCL – Maximum Contamination Level; AL – Action Level; Range – Range of actual measured results)


The 86th Medical Group’s Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight is pleased to present Ramstein Air Base’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report, which is required by Air Force Instruction and mirrors the Consumer Con­fi­dence Report required by the Environmental Protection Agency in the continental U.S., is designed to inform you about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, high-quality and reliable drinking water supply. We are continually striving to improve our services and protect our vital community water resources.

The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron Water Plant and Exterior Utility sections operate and maintain the Kaiserslautern Military Community water distribution systems and equipment. The 786th CES personnel work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure the systems are pressurized and maintain sufficient disinfectant (Chlorine) residual. The 786th CES personnel conduct daily operational monitoring to maintain the high quality of their final product — our drinking water.

The 86th MDG Bio­en­viron­mental Engi­neer­ing Flight routinely monitors water quality throughout the systems. Each week the bioenvironmental engineering 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 FGS-G defines the parameters to be monitored (incorporates most stringent U.S./German requirements), the sampling frequency, the maximum contaminant level, the notification procedures, and what processes should be initiated if non-compliance is detected (i.e., treatment techniques, bottled water issuance, etc).

U.S. Army Public Health Com­mand Public Health Region – Europe at Landstuhl, a German and U.S. certified/accredited laboratory, performs most of our analytical requirements.

The 86th MDG Bioen­viron­mental Engineering Flight routinely monitors for over 60 drinking water parameters. The table above shows the 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2018 results for Ramstein. Ramstein has five systems. The complete report is available at: https://go.usa.gov/xUvxW.

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 our water is properly disinfected. All of our water sources are chlorinated, except for Vogelweh, and some of our water sources are filtered. This is done to ensure the safest, most aesthetically pleasing product for our consumers.

Since 1 November 2007, Vogelweh, including Kapaun Air Station, has been supplied by the City of Kaiserslautern water provider Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern. Similar water system information is available from SWK; bioenvironmental engineering can help individuals find this information.

We are available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Housing residents should contact the 86th CES Housing Office at 489-6643 with any water concerns. Dorm residents should contact their building manager. Additional questions can be directed to 86th MDG Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight at 479-2220 and 06371-46-2220.