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Phosphate, ortho Test Kits

Phosphate, ortho Test Kits

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Visual Kits

Range MDL Method Kit Catalog No. Refill Catalog No.
0-1 & 1-10 ppm 0.05 ppm Stannous Chloride K-8510 R-8510
2-30 ppm 2 ppm Vanadomolybdophosphoric Acid K-8530 R-8515
0-120 ppm 5 ppm Vanadomolybdophosphoric Acid K-8515 R-8515
0-30 & 30-300 ppm 5 ppm Stannous Chloride K-8510D R-8510D
0-60 & 60-600 ppm 10 ppm Stannous Chloride K-8510A R-8510A
0-120 & 120-1200 ppm 20 ppm Stannous Chloride K-8510B R-8510B
0-1200 & 1200-12,000 ppm 200 ppm Stannous Chloride K-8510C R-8510C

Instrumental Kits

Range Method Kit Catalog No.
V-2000: 0-8.00 ppm / Spec: 0-5.00 ppm Stannous Chloride K-8513
0-80.0 ppm Vanadomolybdophosphoric Acid K-8503


Phosphorus occurs naturally in rock formations in the earth’s crust, usually as phosphate. High phosphate concentrations in surface waters may indicate fertilizer runoff, domestic waste discharge, or the presence of industrial effluents or detergents. Although phosphates from these sources are usually poly-phosphates or organically bound, all will degrade to ortho or reactive phosphates with time.

Phosphate measurement is used to control scale and corrosion inhibitor levels in boilers and cooling towers. Both methods described below measure reactive phosphate, which will give a positive reaction prior to hydrolysis, and is usually termed ortho-phosphate.

The Vanadomolybdophosphoric Acid Method

References: ASTM D 515-82, Phosphorous in Water, Test Method C. APHA Standard Methods, 23rd ed., Method 4500-P C-2005.
In phosphate water test kits employing the vanadomolybdophosphoric acid method, phosphate reacts with ammonium molybdate under acid conditions and in the presence of vanadium to form a yellow-colored product. Results are expressed as ppm (mg/L) PO4.
The Stannous Chloride Method

References: APHA Standard Methods, 23rd ed., Method 4500-P D-2005.
Test kits employing this chemistry utilize a stannous chloride reduction. Phosphate reacts with ammonium molybdate and is then reduced by stannous chloride to form a blue complex. Results are expressed as ppm (mg/L) PO4.