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Proficiency testing studies: AQA 22-17 Metals in River and Sea Water and AQA 22-18 Metals, Nutrients and Anions in River and Sea Water

October 2022.
Sample Analytes Approximate Conc. (ug/L)* Price
AUD $

AQA 22-17
S1

100 mL
River water
preserved in
2% HNO3 (v/m)
for
dissolved elements

Ag

0.2-5

 

TBA

 

Al

2-50

As

0.2-5

Be

0.2-5

Cd

0.2-5

Co

0.2-5

Cr

0.2-5

Cu

1-25

Fe

50-1000

Hg

0.1-2.5

Mn

1-25

Mo

1-25

Ni

0.2-5

Pb

0.2-5

Sb

0.2-5

Se

0.2-5

Tl

0.2-5

V

0.2-5

Zn

1-25

AQA 22-17
S2

100 mL
Sea water
preserved in
2% HNO3 (v/m)
for
dissolved elements

Ag

0.05-2

Al

<25

As

0.05-5

Be

0.05-2

Cd

0.05-2

Cr

0.05-2

Cu

0.5-10

Fe

0.5-10

Hg

0.010-0.05

Mn

0.5-510

Ni

0.05-2

P

<150

Pb

0.05-2

Se

0.05-5

Sn

0.05-5

Tl

0.05-5

U

0.05-5

V

0.1-5

Zn

0.5-10

AQA 22-18
S1

400 mL
Frozen sea water

 

mg/L

Ammonia-N, Nitrate-N

<0.5

Chloride, Fluoride, Sulphate

TBA

Dissolved Organic Carbon (dNPOC)

<5

Orthophosphate-P (FRP)

<0.5

Total Dissolved Nitrogen 

<0.5

Total Dissolved Phosphorus

<0.5

AQA 22-18|
S2

400 mL
Frozen river water

Ammonia-N, (Nitrate-N +Nitrite-N)

<1

Bromide, Chloride, Sulphate

TBA

Dissolved Organic Carbon (dNPOC)

<25

Orthophosphate-P (FRP)

<0.5

Total Dissolved Nitrogen 

<1

Total Dissolved Phosphorus

<0.5

AQA 22-18
S3

400 mL
Chilled river water

B, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, Silica (as SiO2)

TBA

Alkalinity to pH 4.5 as CaCO3

<500

Colour, apparent (Pt-Co units)

<50

Total Hardness (CaCO3)

<500

pH (at 25°C), EC (at 25°C) (µS/cm)

TBA

AQA 22-18 S4
400 mL
Frozen river water

Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, Total Nitrogen

<5

Total Organic Carbon (as NPOC)

<25

* As these samples are real samples, the values given are indicative, based on the range of materials used in previous rounds. TBA-to be advised.