Considerations in As Analysis and Speciation
Journal - American Water Works Association
American Water Works Association
A modified field technique can quantify particulate As, soluble As(III), and soluble As(V) in drinking water.
Several problems with commonly used techniques that analyze for arsenic are reported, and solutions are proposed. Analytical techniques can accurately detect <0.5 μg/L total arsenic if certain conditions are met: iron, nitrate, and other interferences are overcome in hydride generation techniques, poor recoveries are overcome in graphite furnace atomic adsorption techniques, and chloride interferences are accounted for in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry techniques. Because no techniques adequately preserve arsenic species during storage, a speciation protocol that is fast (about 5 min/sample), relatively inexpensive (about $10/resin column), and user‐friendly and that can be applied in the field was developed. Particulate arsenic represents a significant fraction of total arsenic in drinking water.
Edwards, M., Patel, S., McNeill, L.S., Chen, H-W., Frey, M., Eaton, A.D., Antweiler, R.C., and H. Taylor, “Considerations in As Analysis and Speciation,” Journal AWWA, 90(3), 103-113, March 1998.