Low-Level Mercury Analysis

Method Overview

Method 1631E provides measurement of mercury at previously unachievable, ultra-trace levels in water matrices, in support of state NPDES permit limits, TMDL measurements, and the Great Lakes Initiative. Mercury is analyzed using Cold-Vapor Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry. Ultra-clean sampling techniques (Method 1669) along with laboratory analysis under clean room conditions are used to ensure the lowest achievable detection limits and to avoid common causes of sample contamination.

Method Specifications

Preservation Holding Times: 28 days to preservation
Analysis Holding Times: 90 days from collection
Method Turnaround (TAT): 10 business days
Field QAQC: One field blank per sample point (<0.500 ng/L or 1/5 sample conc.)