Water and wastewater analysis

Monitor for many classes of compounds on a single analytical instrument to ensure wastewater is treated and discharged in accordance to regulations.

Unravelling the mysteries of water and wastewater analysis

Ensuring the safety and regulatory compliance of municipal water and municipak or industrial wastewater is paramount for water testing labs. This entails monitoring regulated chemical compounds while staying vigilant about very low levels of various pollutants and contaminants of emerging concern (CECs).

Recently, testing for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in water and wastewater has gained traction in the scientific community. PFAS analysis requires specialized equipment and expertise, however, which may not be readily available in all wastewater treatment laboratories.

By partnering with a company that has experience in this area, you can quickly set up the new testing methods you need—especially if that company has been pioneering method development with environmental testing institutions for decades. Our experts at SCIEX have seen most of the pitfalls that can occur in water testing labs, and they can guide you around them.

Here's how SCIEX mass spectrometry solutions can benefit your water testing efforts:

  • Monitor and quantify very low levels of a variety of chemical compounds, including PFAS, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), residual explosives, disinfection by-products (DBPs) and algae toxins
  • Simplify sample preparation with our highly sensitive hardware
  • Minimize interruptions for system cleaning, which enables increased uptime and higher sample throughput
  • Experience intuitive, streamlined data processing and reporting with laboratory software designed to meet the compliance requirements of modern water testing laboratories

Water and wastewater analysis applications

LC-MS/MS: The comprehensive approach for water

Disinfection by-products (DBPs)

Determine the concentration of DBPs in the environment.

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Endocrine disruptors

Quantify endocrine-disrupting compounds at trace levels in water, soil, foods or other products.

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Easily screen and distinctively identify isomers in explosive-contaminated areas.

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Natural and freshwater toxins

Comprehensively test for a wide range of toxins, including microcystins, in a single analysis.

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Organotin compounds

Identify multiple organotin compounds at trace levels.

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Pesticides and herbicides

Analyze the toxicity level of pesticides and herbicides, and determine the amount present in the water and how much exposure is hazardous.

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Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

Accurately analyze the diverse chemical structures of PFAS, including GenX, using LC-MS/MS technology.

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Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)

Get the selectivity, specificity and sensitivity you need to quantify PPCP compounds at low ppt range.

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