This programme is aimed at testing the capabilities of a laboratory to analyse a chemically contaminated drinking water sample for completely unknown compound(s) which may produce a taste or odour.

Participating laboratories should NOT undertake any taste (organoleptic) testing as the samples supplied may contain toxic chemicals.

Participants will be sent a drinking water sample contaminated with chemical(s) known to produce taste and odour problems, together with a corresponding 'blank' drinking water sample.

Please note, the 'blank' sample is supplied solely to allow the laboratory to compare the background matrix of the contaminated drinking water.

Participants are required to submit responses to the following questions:
  • What taste and odour producing chemical(s) are in the drinking water?
  • What is your estimated detection limit for this chemical?
  • Where may this chemical have originated from?
  • What methods were used to detect the taste and odour contaminant(s)?
Results must be e-mailed or faxed to FAPAS. The closing date for submission of results will be 3 weeks from the start date for the exercise.

Taste & Odour Chemical Identification
Taste & Odour Chemical Identification
Distribution Date: 07/16/2020