Sachet water quality and product registration: A cross-sectional study in Accra, Ghana

Show simple item record Dzodzomenyo, M. Fink, G. Dotse-Gborgbortsi, W. Wardrop, N. Aryeetey, G. Coleman, N. Hill, A. Wright, J. 2019-07-02T13:51:55Z 2019-07-02T13:51:55Z 2018-05
dc.identifier.other DOI: 10.2166/wh.2018.055
dc.description.abstract Objectives: To assess the extent to which packaged water producers follow product registration procedures and to assess the relationship between product registration and drinking water quality in Accra, Ghana. Methods: Following preliminary analysis of a national water quality survey, 118 packaged sachet water samples were collected by sampling all brands sold by 66 vendors. A sample of vendors were selected from two high income and two low-income areas of Accra, Ghana. Sachet packaging and labelling details were recorded and compared to a regulatory database to assess product registration. All samples were weighed and tested for faecal indicator bacteria and selected physico-chemical parameters. Results: Product registration numbers and brand names could be matched to regulatory records for 77 out of 118 sachets (65.2%). All samples tested were compliant with national water quality standards for faecal indicator bacteria and nitrate. Brand registration was not associated with any of the quality indicators considered Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that whilst a substantial proportion of sachet water is sold without formal product registration, the microbial quality of the unlicensed water is consistently high in Accra, Ghana. Further examination of regulatory enforcement and monitoring will be needed to ensure sustained high water quality over time. <br/ en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Water and Health en_US
dc.title Sachet water quality and product registration: A cross-sectional study in Accra, Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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