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Element-Specific Content Testing Standards Standards for element-specific content testing of wastewater provide standardized test methods for the determination of dissolved and total recoverable element quantities. With standards grouped by those applicable to the testing for a single element, those addressing the testing for multiple elements through a single method, and those which instead test for a compound (or a group of them), these standards provide part of the foundation on which treatment methods are judged upon, and thus must be reliable between labs and technicians.

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Tests for Multiple Elements in Water

Tests for Multiple Elements in Water

ASTM D4127-12

Standard Terminology Used with Ion-Selective Electrodes

ISO 15586:2003

Water quality - Determination of trace elements using atomic absorption spectrometry with graphite furnace

ISO 17294-2:2016

Water quality - Application of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) - Part 2: Determination of selected elements including uranium isotopes

ASTM D6919-09

Standard Test Method for Determination of Dissolved Alkali and Alkaline Earth Cations and Ammonium in Water and Wastewater by Ion Chromatography

ASTM D6508-15

Standard Test Method for Determination of Dissolved Inorganic Anions in Aqueous Matrices Using Capillary Ion Electrophoresis and Chromate Electrolyte

ASTM D5673-16

Standard Test Method for Elements in Water by Inductively Coupled Plasma—Mass Spectrometry

ASTM D1976-12

Standard Test Method for Elements in Water by Inductively-Coupled Argon Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy

ASTM D3919-15

Standard Practice for Measuring Trace Elements in Water by Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry


Tests for Compounds in Water

Tests for Compounds in Water

ASTM D5790-95(2012)

Standard Test Method for Measurement of Purgeable Organic Compounds in Water by Capillary Column Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

ASTM D6994-15

Standard Test Method for Determination of Metal Cyanide Complexes in Wastewater, Surface Water, Groundwater and Drinking Water Using Anion Exchange Chromatography with UV Detection

ASTM D5257-11

Standard Test Method for Dissolved Hexavalent Chromium in Water by Ion Chromatography

ASTM D7678-11

Standard Test Method for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in Water and Wastewater with Solvent Extraction using Mid-IR Laser Spectroscopy

ASTM D1426-15

Standard Test Methods for Ammonia Nitrogen In Water

ASTM D5316-98(2011)

Standard Test Method for 1,2-Dibromoethane and 1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane in Water by Microextraction and Gas Chromatography

ASTM D4012-15

Standard Test Method for Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) Content of Microorganisms in Water

ASTM D7066-04(2011)

Standard Test Method for dimer/trimer of chlorotrifluoroethylene (S-316) Recoverable Oil and Grease and Nonpolar Material by Infrared Determination

ISO 17858:2007

Water quality - Determination of dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls - Method using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry

ISO 17353:2004

Water quality - Determination of selected organotin compounds - Gas chromatographic method

ISO 18856:2004

Water quality - Determination of selected phthalates using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry


Tests for Single Elements in Water

Tests for Single Elements in Water

ASTM D3697-12

Standard Test Method for Antimony in Water

ASTM D2972-15

Standard Test Methods for Arsenic in Water

ASTM D4382-12

Standard Test Method for Barium in Water, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry, Graphite Furnace

ASTM D3645-15

Standard Test Methods for Beryllium in Water

ASTM D3082-15

Standard Test Method for Boron in Water

ASTM D3557-12

Standard Test Methods for Cadmium in Water

ASTM D4839-03(2011)

Standard Test Method for Total Carbon and Organic Carbon in Water by Ultraviolet, or Persulfate Oxidation, or Both, and Infrared Detection

ASTM D512-12

Standard Test Methods for Chloride Ion In Water

ASTM D3558-15

Standard Test Methods for Cobalt in Water

ASTM D3559-15

Standard Test Methods for Lead in Water

ASTM D858-12

Standard Test Methods for Manganese in Water

ASTM D3223-12

Standard Test Method for Total Mercury in Water

ASTM D3372-12

Standard Test Method for Molybdenum in Water

ASTM D1886-14

Standard Test Methods for Nickel in Water

ASTM D3590-11

Standard Test Methods for Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen in Water

ASTM D3867-16

Standard Test Methods for Nitrite-Nitrate in Water

ASTM D3859-15

Standard Test Methods for Selenium in Water

ASTM D3920-12

Standard Test Method for Strontium in Water

ASTM D859-16

Standard Test Method for Silica in Water

ASTM D3373-12

Standard Test Method for Vanadium in Water

ASTM D4282-15

Standard Test Method for Determination of Free Cyanide in Water and Wastewater by Microdiffusion

ASTM D6888-16

Standard Test Method for Available Cyanides with Ligand Displacement and Flow Injection Analysis (FIA) Utilizing Gas Diffusion Separation and Amperometric Detection

ASTM D7284-13

Standard Test Method for Total Cyanide in Water by Micro Distillation followed by Flow Injection Analysis with Gas Diffusion Separation and Amperometric Detection

ASTM D7237-15a

Standard Test Method for Free Cyanide and Aquatic Free Cyanide with Flow Injection Analysis (FIA) Utilizing Gas Diffusion Separation and Amperometric Detection

ANSI/PIMA IT4.41-1999

Photography (Processing) - Free Cyanide at pH6, Analysis for (revision and redesignation of ANSI PH4.41-1990)