Physiochemical and Bacteriological Analyses of Selected Sachet Water in Central Monrovia, Liberia

In developing nations of the world 80% of all diseases and over 30% of death are related to drinking water. Drinking water may become
contaminated during collection, handling, storage and use. Since the introduction of factory based water, their consumption have increased severely in Liberia. Therefore, it is essential to investigate the physiochemical and bacteriological parameters of sachet water brands sold in Central Monrovia in order to ascertain whether they conform to recommended standards of portable drinking-water by the World Health Organization (WHO). This study made used of random sampling. Six samples of seven brands of sachet water were purchased randomly from provision shops. The samples were transported to the National Standards Laboratory for physiochemical and bacteriological analyses. Physiochemical parameters such as calcium, fluoride, iron, lead, turbidity and pH were checked, while Total Viable Count, coliform, and Escherichia were checked as bacteriological parameters.