This free course, Test kits for water analysis, steps outside the laboratory to look at some examples of analytical procedures being carried out in the field using commercial test kits. These quick tests provide results on-site, extending the options available to analysts. The methods used are chemical or microbiological in nature, made portable by microelectronics.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
appreciate the range of test kits available for determining some of the key parameters defining water quality on-site
appreciate the criteria involved in obtaining a representative sample and carrying out fit-for-purpose measurements
understand the chemical principles underpinning portable colourimetric, titrimetric and non-photometric instrumental test kits and the technical considerations which make portability possible
understand the operation of a portable bioluminescence unit for ATP testing
recognise the health and safety requirements of carrying out field measurements.