Nitrate is the most completely oxidized form of nitrogen. It is formed during the final stages of biological decomposition, either in wastewater treatment facilities or in natural water supplies. Low-level nitrate concentrations may be present in natural waters. However, a Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 ppm nitrate-nitrogen has been established for drinking water by the USEPA.
The Cadmium Reduction Method
References: ASTM D 3867-09, Nitrate-Nitrite in Water, Test Method B. APHA Standard Methods, 23rd ed, Method 4500-NO3-E-2016. USEPA Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes, Method 353.3 (1983).
Nitrate is reduced to nitrite using cadmium as the reducing agent. The resulting nitrite concentration is then determined colorimetrically. This method is applicable to drinking and surface waters, as well as domestic and industrial wastes. Nitrite will interfere with this test. Results are expressed as ppm (mg/L) NO3-N or NO3.
Range: 0-50.0 ppm as NO3
Method: Cadmium Reduction
Kit comes in a cardboard box and contains everything needed to perform 30 tests (except distilled water): thirty ampoules, thirty cadmium foil packs, 25 mL sample cup, reaction tube with lid, 3.0 mL syringe, ampoule blank, and instructions.
Vacu-vials Kits require the use of the V-2000 Photometer or a spectrophotometer capable of accepting a 13 mm diameter round cell. Instrument sold separately.
WARNING! This product can expose you to chemicals including cadmium, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.