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Physico-Chemical Quality of Different Brands of Sachet Water Sold inFederal University of Technology Campus Imo State, Nigeria

Author Affiliations

  • 11Department of Biological Sciences,
  • 2 Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Technology, Owerri Imo State, NIGERIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 5, Issue (1), Pages 83-87, January,18 (2015)

Abstract

Safe drinking water is essential to humans; hence the quality of drinking water is of paramount importance. The quest forsachet water consumption amongst Nigerian students makes the quality analysis of the different brands of sachet wateravailable, an area of interest. Six different brands of sachet water namely: Wilnelly, prephil, apex, lephzzy aljonlife andmayln collected from different parts within the Federal University of Technology, Owerricampus were sampled usingstandard methods. Physiological and microbiological analysis were carried out according to Nigeria standard of drinkingwater quality (NSDWQ) and World Health Organization (WHO), the five brands of sachet drinking water had their Phvalues below the lower permissible limit, ranging from 5.21 to 5.93. Only hephzzy sachet water brand had Ph valued withinthe permissible limit. Turbidity result ranged from 0.24 to 0.43, which could be sad to be acceptable. The total dissolvedsolids result of the brands of sachet water ranged from 21.00 to 156.00. The different brands of sachet water had close rangeresults in most of the parameters analysed and satisfactorily met the set standards. However some parameters such asdetection of various elements, Barium were found above its permissible limit in five out of the six samples ranging from 1.00to 2.00, while lophzzy sachet water had its value below detection level. From the ANOVA test, Ph, total dissolved solids andBarium had significant difference (P < 0.05), while other physicochemical parameters tested were insignificant (P>0.05)among the various sachet water sampled. Based on these results, there is need to observe good quality control analysis toensure conformity with the set standards. Also random testing of market samples will be a good way of detecting whether thequality is meeting the required standards.

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