Method 9038

Sulfate (Turbidimetric)

This method is for the determination of sulfates from ground water, drinking and surface waters, and domestic and industrial wastes. This method is suitable for all concentration ranges of sulfate; however, in order to obtain reliable readings, use a sample aliquot containing not more than 40 mg/L of sulfate.  Sulfate ion is converted to a barium sulfate suspension under controlled conditions. The resulting turbidity is determined by a nephelometer, filter photometer, or spectrophotometer and compared with a curve prepared from standard sulfate solution.

The minimum detectable limit is approximately 1 mg/L of sulfate.

(EPA SW-846)


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Method Data

Hold Times, Preservatives, Preps, Collection, Analytical & Documentation
Holding Time:   28 days from sample collection to analysis.
Preservatives:   Store samples at 4°C.
Required Preps:   250 mL HDPE or amber glass bottle
Collection Method:   Grab sampling
Analytical Methodology:   Nephelometer/Spectrophotometer/Filter Photometer
Documentation:   9038

Analyte List*

Analyte Formula CAS Number Detection Limit

* The analytes and detection limits listed for each method represent the typical detection limits and analytes reported for that particular method. Keep in mind that analyte lists may vary from laboratory to laboratory. Detection limits may also vary from lab to lab and are dependent upon the sample size, matrix, and any interferences that may be present in the sample.