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E18 Task Group Requests Participation on Evaluating the Taste and Smell of Water

Water is the beverage of choice for many of us. A bottle of H2O accompanies many whether working or exercising, and others fill their glasses and cups at a company water cooler.

Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products, through its Subcommittee E18.06 on Food and Beverage Evaluation, is addressing how drinking water tastes and smells. A task group will develop a standard guide to assess sensory evaluation methodologies for municipal and bottled water, and point-of-use devices such as filters for pitchers, faucets, and refrigerators. Flavored and carbonated waters will not be included in the scope of the document.

All are welcome to participate, and particularly needed for this activity are those “who have prior experience in the evaluation of the flavor of drinking water,” says Jeanne Chinn, early product guidance manager, Clorox, San Francisco, Calif., and co-chair of the task group. Currently, the effort includes people with broad sensory expertise from various industries who have either had experience testing potable water or have a strong interest in water evaluation.

Co-chair Laura Anderson, sensory and consumer testing product manager, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio, explains that each company approaches evaluation methodology in a different fashion, and consequently the task group will suggest different ways of testing water in a standard guide. The final standard will be useful in quality control, particularly to district water utilities, point-of-use filter and device manufacturers, and water bottlers.

For further technical information, contact either of the task group chairs, Laura Anderson, Health Care Sensory and Consumer Testing Group, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio (phone: 513/622-1710); or Jeanne Chinn, Clorox, San Francisco, Calif. (phone: 925/425-6691). Committee E18 meets April 20-22 during the April Committee Week in Salt Lake City, Utah. For membership or meeting details, contact Scott Orthey, manager, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9730). Those interested will also find information about this activity at www.astm.org, by clicking on the Standards Search option and then keying in WK3378. //

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