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Ah, the Flavor of Water

An ASTM International task group invites sensory technicians to develop a standard guide to evaluate the flavor of drinking water.

Part of ASTM Committee E18 Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products, the task group will establish descriptive and discriminatory sampling techniques and sensory methods to evaluate pipe, bottled, and filtered water.

“With the increased emphasis on water quality, standard practices to sample and evaluate drinking water from various sources is crucial,” says Lisa Thompson, who does consumer-guidance research and sensory testing as Group Consumer Insight manager for Clorox Services Company, Pleasanton, Calif. Thompson will co-chair the development of the water-flavor standard with other sensory researchers such as Laura Anderson, Health Care Research Center, Proctor and Gamble, Mason, Ohio. They welcome participation in this activity, by contacting the co-chairs as follows, or attending the task group’s next meeting which will occur during the April 8-10 meetings of Committee E18 in Kansas City, Mo.

For further details, contact co-chairs Lisa Thompson, Clorox Services Company, Pleasanton, Calif. (phone: 925/425-4440) or Laura Anderson, Health Care Research Center, Proctor and Gamble, Mason, Ohio (phone: 513/622-1710). For Committee E18 membership details, contact Joe Hugo, manager, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9740).

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