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Eliminating the chlorite interference in US Environmental Protection Agency Method 317.0 permits analysis of trace bromate levels in all drinking water matrices.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Chromatography A
0021-9673
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
882
Issue
1-2
Pages
309–319
Identifiers
PMID: 10895953
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A post-column reagent (PCR) method for bromate analysis in drinking water with a method detection limit (MDL) and method reporting limit (MRL) of 0.1 and 0.5 microg/l, respectively, has been developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for future publication as EPA Method 317.0. The PCR method provides comparable results to the EPA's Selective Anion Concentration (SAC) method used to support the laboratory analysis of Information Collection Rule (ICR) low-level bromate samples and offers a simple, rugged, direct injection method with potential to be utilized as a compliance monitoring technique for all inorganic Disinfectants/Disinfection By-Products (D/DBPs). It has superior sensitivity for bromate compared to EPA Method 300.1, which was promulgated as the compliance monitoring method for bromate under Stage 1 of the D/DBP rule. This paper addresses elimination of the chlorite interference that was previously reported in finished waters from public water systems (PWSs) that employ chlorine dioxide as the disinfectant. An evaluation of Method 317.0 for the analysis of bromate in commercial bottled waters is also reported.

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