A Critical Assessment of quality status of selected sachet water in Calabar Municipality, Nigeria

Type Journal Article - International Journal of Bioscience
Title A Critical Assessment of quality status of selected sachet water in Calabar Municipality, Nigeria
Volume 2
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
Page numbers 19-26
URL http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=
Nigeria is endowed with abundant surface and sub-surface water resources, yet most urban areas are still faced with
the challenges of providing potable and adequate water supply for its residents. The use of water is restricted by it
quality which makes it unhealthy for a particular use. This paper assessed the water quality status of five sachet water
in Calabar Municipality with the aim of comparing their physico-chemical parameters with those permissible by
World Health Organization (WHO). Purposive sampling technique was employed to select five widely consumed
sachet water with National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) registration numbers in
five retail shops across the Metropolis. The result revealed that the physico-chemical parameters found in the selected
sachet water samples did not vary (p>0.05), as their proportions were within the same range and ideal for
consumption. Also, the analysis revealed that Blue Rose sachet water was adjudged the most suitable for consumption
as the proportions of its parameters were within WHO permissible limits; this was followed by Marian sachet water,
while Laura and Dukon sachet water samples were fairly potable for consumption, because the proportions of iron
(Fe) and manganese (Mn) far exceeded WHO maximum desirable limits for drinking water. Based on the findings, it
was suggested among others that NAFDAC should critically monitor and carry out routine assessment of the site,
water sources, equipment and chemical used by water factories. In addition, to maintain their suitability for
consumption, regular monitoring of the sachet factories should be ensured by the concerned authorities.

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