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Nitrate Testing

*Nitrate Testing

Nitrate is the most completely oxidized form of nitrogen. It is formed during the final stages of biological decomposition, either in wastewater treatment facilities or in natural water supplies. Low-level nitrate concentrations may be present in natural waters. However, a Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 ppm nitrate-nitrogen has been established for drinking water by the USEPA.

The Cadmium Reduction Method

References: ASTM D 3867-09, Nitrate-Nitrite in Water, Test Method B. APHA Standard Methods, 22nd ed., Method 4500-NO3- E -2000. USEPA Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes, Method 353.3 (1983).

Nitrate is reduced to nitrite using cadmium as the reducing agent. The resulting nitrite concentration is then determined colorimetrically. This method is applicable to drinking and surface waters, as well as domestic and industrial wastes. Nitrite will interfere with this test. Results are expressed as ppm (mg/L) NO3-N or NO3.

The Zinc Reduction Method

References: ASTM D 3867-09, Nitrate-Nitrite in Water, Test Method B. APHA Standard Methods, 22nd ed., Method 4500-NO3- E -2000. USEPA Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes, Method 353.3 (1983). Nelson, J.L., Kurtz, L.T., and R.H. Bray, Rapid Determination of Nitrates and Nitrites. Anal. Chem., V26, p. 1081-1082, (1954).

Nitrate is reduced to nitrite using zinc as the reducing agent. The resulting nitrite concentration is then determined colorimetrically. This method is applicable to industrial wastewaters, drinking, and surface waters. These test kits can also be used for the analysis of seawater. This method will measure nitrate in the presence of low levels of nitrite (by difference). Results are expressed as ppm (mg/L) NO3-N.


Nitrate CHEMets Visual Kit - Cadmium Reduction

Item No. Description
K6904 Nitrate CHEMets Kit 0-4.5 ppm as N, Ea

Nitrate CHEMets Visual Kit - Zinc Reduction

Item No. Description
K6905 Nitrate CHEMets Kit 0-3.4 ppm as N, Ea

Nitrate Vacu-vials Instrumental Kit - Cadmium Reduction

Item No. Description
K6903 Nitrate Vacu-vials Kit 0-1.50 ppm as N, Ea
K6923 Nitrate Vacu-vials Kit 0-7.50 ppm as N, Ea

Refills for Nitrate CHEMets Kit - Cadmium Reduction

Item No. Description
R6902 Nitrate CHEMets Refill 0-4.5 ppm as N, Ea

Refills for Nitrate CHEMets Kit - Zinc Reduction

Item No. Description
R6905 Nitrate CHEMets Refill 0-3.4 ppm as N, Ea