Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Masters of Science (Research)



First Advisor

Dr. J. Crowley

Second Advisor

Dr. A. Furey


The impact of water resource quality has influenced the community worldwide. It is an on-going target for water suppliers to produce suitable drinking water and the beverage industry to provide suitable water for the production of beverages. This diligence will ensure the consumer is provided with a product safe for consumption. The research and analytical techniques explored in this thesis may be of benefit to the beverage industry for the monitoring of inorganic contaminants present in water and carbonated soft drinks. The occurrence of certain contaminants in drinking water has become a major issue in the water industry in recent years. Contaminants of concern include inorganic and metal contaminants e.g. chlorate which is a disinfection by-product; arsenic found in surface water or ground water; lead found in pipework. There have been two significant bottled water recalls in recent years due to bromate contamination, Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Spring Water Recall, August 11,2006, by the FDA in the USA and Coca Cola’s Dasani, March 18, 2004, by the Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom. To avoid such recalls drinking water and beverages for consumption must be closely monitored for health risk contaminants. The basis for the standards for drinking water quality are determined by the WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality, EPA National Primary Drinking Water Standards, US FDA bottled water regulations, and EU water directives.

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