Utilisation and Validation of a Rapid, On-Site Capability for Metal Analysis
Australian Water Association
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Natural Sciences / Centre for Ecosystem Management
This paper focuses on the determination lead, Pb contamination of rain water tanks used for drinking in the rural, Western Australian town of Esperance. In particular, a comparative study of two techniques to quantify low levels of lead in water is presented. The health effects of consumption of high levels of lead are well documented and the general public has an appreciation of the hazard. It is the public’s knowledge and perception (not always accurate) of lead that makes the rapid determination of the extent or existence of a lead contamination problem most critical. The established technique of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is compared with portable anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV).