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Standard Test Methods for Chromium in Water


1.1 These test methods cover the determination of hexavalent and total chromium in water. Three test methods are included as follows:

Test Method Concentration RangeSections
A-Photometric Diphenyl- carbohydrazide0.01 to 0.5 mg/L
B-Atomic Absorption, Direct0.1 to 10 mg/L
C-Atomic Absorption, Graphite Furnace5 to 100 g/L

1.2 Test Method A is a photometric method that measures dissolved hexavalent chromium only. Test Methods B and C are atomic absorption methods that are generally applicable to the determination of dissolved or total recoverable chromium in water without regard to valence state.

1.3 Test Method A has been used successfully with reagent grade water Types I, II, and III, tap water, 10 % NaCl solution, treated water from a synthetic organic industrial plant that meets National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements, and EPA-extraction procedure leachate water, process water, lake water, effluent treatment, that is, lime neutralization and precipitation of spent pickle liquor and associated rinse water from stainless steel pickling. Test Method C has been used successfully with reagent water, stock scrubber water, lake water, filtered tap water, river water, well water, production plant water, and a condensate from a medium BTU coal gasification process. Matrices used, except for reagent water, are not available for Test Method B. It is the user's responsibility to ensure the validity of these test methods for waters of untested matrices.

This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazard statements, see 4.2 and Note 5 and Note 6.

Significance and Use

Hexavalent chromium salts are used extensively in metal finishing and plating applications, in anodizing aluminum, and in the manufacture of paints, dyes, explosives, and ceramics. Trivalent chromium salts are used as mordants in textile dyeing, in the ceramic and glass industry, in the leather industry as a tanning agent, and in photography. Chromium may be present in wastewater from these industries and may also be discharged from chromate-treated cooling waters.

The hexavalent state of chromium is toxic to humans, animals, and aquatic life. It can produce lung tumors when inhaled and readily induces skin sensitization. However, it is not known whether cancer will result from ingestion of chromium in any of its valence states.


atomic absorption; chromium; graphite furnace; hexavalent chromium; photometric; water; ICS Number Code 13.060.50 (Examination of water for chemical substances)

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Revision Level

2002 R07(E1) EDITION



Modification Type

Reapproval with Ed Change

Publication Date

Aug. 1, 2007

Document Type

Test Method

Page Count

7 pages

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