The overuse of fertilizers, which contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, have the potential to be harmful if ingested by humans and animals. Although these nutrients are essential for the survival of aquatic organisms, it is essential that nutrients in water are tested to ensure levels remain safe.
Elements experts test a range of nutrients in water, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfate. Our state-of-the-art laboratories use ion chromatography, nitrogen profiling, and digestion by sulphuric acid to provide fast and accurate results for water testing.
Nitrogen in water
Nitrogen in water can come from both organic and inorganic sources. Nitrogen from organic sources includes animal wastes and living things, whereas nitrates are the most common form of inorganic nitrogen. Nitrates are odorless and colorless, so it is crucial to test drinking water to determine levels of nitrates. High concentrations can cause congenital disabilities and become toxic to livestock.
Phosphorous in water
Phosphorus limits plant growth in a waterbody, so only adding a small amount of this can cause excessive plant growth, which can use up oxygen, affecting fish and macroinvertebrates. Runoff, building activities, damage to vegetation, fertilizers, and poorly functioning septic tanks can all affect phosphorus levels.
The Element advantage
Element’s environmental experts are on hand to detect nutrients in water. We can test for a range of nutrients and provide fast and accurate results for private businesses, environmental consultants and municipalities. Please contact our team for more information on how we can help.
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