Investigating the Taste, Odor and Appearance of Selected Bottled and Sachet Sold Drinking Water in Burkina Faso
Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science
Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2020, Pages: 1-4
Received: Dec. 11, 2019; Accepted: Dec. 21, 2019; Published: Jan. 4, 2020
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Michelline Marie Regina Kansole, Engineering School of Fada, University of Fada N’Gourma, Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso
Mohamed Beidari, Department of Physics, Engineering University of Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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Background: Drinking water should be harmless to its consumers and aspects such as appearance, taste and/or odor should be acceptable. In Burkina Faso, the sold bottled and sachet drinking waters are not always respecting the quality in terms of potability. Method: In this study we investigated the appearance, taste and/or odor of eleven (11) selected bottled and sachet waters sold in Burkina Faso through a set of five (05) water treatment professionals with ten (10) organoleptic parameters been considered (Organic Solvent, Metallic, Chlorine, Fishy, Sulfur, Earthy, Bitter, Fruity, Spoiled, and Sour). Results: The study showed that all the investigated waters have unpleasant taste and/or odor, with the worst cases in all five (05) brands sachet waters. The bad quality of the sachet waters is generally due to the conditioning (sun, dust, rain). Ouagadougou tap water showed unpleasant chlorine odor mainly caused by the “remanent” chlorine. However, that chlorine ensure the water safety to its consumers. Conclusion: This study showed that the best way to drink safe water in Burkina Faso is to supply a good quality tap water to its population, and to improve the taste and/or odor. Since the sold bottled and sachet waters are not yet well regulated in terms of their quality, the country should be aware of the current study in order to improve the sold drinking water quality.
Burkina Faso, Bottled Water, Sachet Water, Tap Water, Organoleptic
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Michelline Marie Regina Kansole, Mohamed Beidari, Investigating the Taste, Odor and Appearance of Selected Bottled and Sachet Sold Drinking Water in Burkina Faso, Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science. Vol. 9, No. 1, 2020, pp. 1-4. doi: 10.11648/j.wros.20200901.11
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