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January 23, 2009 - Many products come in contact with drinking water during treatment and delivery which can have taste and odor implications. This will be addressed in proposed new ASTM International standard, WK21784, Practice for Assessing Flavor of Drinking Water. Subcommittee E18.06 on Food and Beverage Evaluation is beginning by addressing just one type of product, sealants and adhesives, but task group plans to expand proposed standard to be more inclusive of other types of materials.

Drinking Water Flavor Assessment Is Topic of New ASTM Sensory Evaluation Standard


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Press release date: January 21, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 21 January 2009 - Many products can come in contact with drinking water during various stages of its treatment and delivery. This contact can have taste and odor implications that will be addressed in a proposed new ASTM International standard, WK21784, Practice for Assessing Flavor of Drinking Water.

Subcommittee E18.06 on Food and Beverage Evaluation, a part of ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products, has been discussing the proposed standard and is now working on its initial outline.

The number and variety of products that could potentially come in contact with drinking water complicates developing a standard. "It's a huge nut to crack, so we are starting by addressing just one type of product, sealants and adhesives," says Melissa Dale, chair of the WK21784 task group, and chemistry development team manager of the Water Quality Section for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

After addressing sealants and adhesives, the task group plans to expand the proposed standard to be more inclusive of other types of materials that come into contact with drinking water. Dale says that WK21784 will have applications for both municipal water and the beverage industry.

For technical Information, contact Melissa Dale, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, La Verne, Calif. (phone: 909-392-5081; mdale@mwdh2o.com). Committee E18 meets April 21-23 during April committee week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. ASTM's open consensus process, using advanced Internet-based standards development tools, ensures worldwide access for all interested individuals. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, please contact Scott Orthey, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9730; sorthey@astm.org).

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.
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