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Drink. Water Eng. Sci., 5, 1-8, 2012
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04 Jan 2012
Method development for arsenic analysis by modification in spectrophotometric technique
M. A. Tahir1, H. Rasheed1, and A. Malana2 1National Water Quality Laboratory, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources, Kheyaban-e-Johar, H-8/1, Islamabad, Pakistan
2Department of Chemistry, Bahawuddin Zikriya University, Multan, Pakistan
Abstract. Arsenic is a non-metallic constituent, present naturally in groundwater due to some minerals and rocks. Arsenic is not geologically uncommon and occurs in natural water as arsenate and arsenite. Additionally, arsenic may occur from industrial discharges or insecticide application. World Health Organization (WHO) and Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority have recommended a permissible limit of 10 ppb for arsenic in drinking water. Arsenic at lower concentrations can be determined in water by using high tech instruments like the Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (hydride generation). Because arsenic concentration at low limits of 1 ppb can not be determined easily with simple spectrophotometric technique, the spectrophotometric technique using silver diethyldithiocarbamate was modified to achieve better results, up to the extent of 1 ppb arsenic concentration.

Citation: Tahir, M. A., Rasheed, H., and Malana, A.: Method development for arsenic analysis by modification in spectrophotometric technique, Drink. Water Eng. Sci., 5, 1-8,, 2012.
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