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Water Chemistry Testing

The hydrochemical analysis is used to determine the possible interaction between water and its environment, and to lay the foundation for research on water quality, pollution, hydrology, and geothermal water. The chemical analysis of water helps to gain insight into the health and operation of lakes, rivers, oceans, and groundwater. It also shows that the ability of water bodies to absorb a certain degree of pollution without harming the water system, aquatic plants and animals, and humans who may use the water is limited.

Water Chemistry Testing

Element provides customers with environmental, drinking water, and industrial water chemical analysis services to identify and quantify the chemical composition and characteristics of water samples. We work with environmental consultants and industry to ensure that water chemistry meets regulatory requirements and guidelines, and to ensure that water safety and the environment are protected.

Water Chemistry Analysis Methods

Trace analysis is the chemical analysis of less than 0.01% of elements and compounds, and the determination of samples weighing from a few micrograms to a few grams. Perform water chemistry analysis to identify and quantify the chemical components and properties of water samples, with emphasis on pH, major cations and anions, trace elements, and isotopes.

Conventional analysis methods can use gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, ion chromatography, inductively coupled plasma spectrophotometry, and automatic colorimetry to detect and measure natural elements and their inorganic compounds and a wide range of organic chemical substances. In water treatment plants that produce drinking water and some industrial processes that use products with unique taste and odor, special sensory methods can be used to detect low-concentration odors.

Alfa Chemistry can use different techniques for water chemistry analysis:

  • Colorimetry is used to determine the concentration of chemical elements in a solution with the aid of color reagents and is suitable for organic and inorganic compounds.
  • Titration is a technique that uses a solution of known concentration to determine the level of an unknown solution.
  • Electronic equipment including digital meters, colorimeters, and photometers can be used for water testing.

Common chemicals detected in water include:

Common chemicals detected in water

  • Chlorine
  • Iron
  • Fluoride
  • Turbidity
  • PH value
  • Trace metals
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Organic compound

Water Testing Standards

  • ASTM D1068 - 15 Standard Test Methods for Iron in Water
  • ASTM D859 - 16 Standard Test Method for Silica in Water
  • ASTM D512 - 12 Standard Test Methods for Chloride Ion In Water
  • ASTM D511 - 14 Standard Test Methods for Calcium and Magnesium In Water
  • ASTM D888 - 18 Standard Test Methods for Dissolved Oxygen in Water
  • ASTM D1067 - 16 Standard Test Methods for Acidity or Alkalinity of Water

Alfa Chemistry's state-of-the-art laboratory uses a wide range of water chemistry analysis methods to ensure that drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, and seawater are safe for humans, animals, and the environment. If you want to perform a chemical analysis on water samples, please contact our water quality testing experts.

Our products and services are for research use only and cannot be used for any clinical purpose.