This method measures bicarbonate (HCO3-), carbonate (CO32-) and alkalinity levels in water. Quantitation is by titration with 0.025 N H2SO4. The method has a routine detection limit of 0.1 meq/L but is capable of a method detection limit for alkalinity of 0.04 meq/L (2 mg CaCO3/L) if requested by client.
Sample must be refrigerated. Sample should not be filtered or acidified. Sample amount requested: 50 mL Questions concerning limited sample size can be answered by the UC Davis Analytical Laboratory.
Method 2320 (Alkalinity) in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 20th Edition. Clesceri, L. S., A. E. Greenberg, A. E., and Eaton, A. D., eds. American Public Health Association; Washington DC; 1998. pp.2-26 - 2-29.