ASTM D3082 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Boron in Water

    Active Standard ASTM D3082 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.01


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    Significance and Use

    Because boron can be both essential and deleterious to plant growth, and because ingestion of large amounts can affect the central nervous system in humans, a method is required to determine its concentration in potable, natural, and wastewaters. This test method provides a means of determining the boron concentration of these waters. The holding time for the samples may be calculated in accordance with Practice D 4841.

    Boric acid is used for chemical shim control of neutron flux in a nuclear reactor. This test method serves to determine if the boron concentration is within acceptable limits.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of boron in water and wastewaters by the curcumin colorimetric-extraction method in concentrations between 0.1 and 1.0 mg/L. The range can be extended by dilution of the sample.

    1.2 Only dissolved boron is determined. This test method requires that the water sample be filtered through a 0.45-μm membrane filter before analysis.

    1.3 This test method is a colorimetric method that is very sensitive to low concentrations of boron in water and requires a relatively small sample volume for analysis.

    1.4 Precision and bias were obtained on natural and wastewaters. It is the user's responsibility to ensure the validity of this test method for waters of untested matrices.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1066 Practice for Sampling Steam

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D2777 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias of Applicable Test Methods of Committee D19 on Water

    D3370 Practices for Sampling Water from Closed Conduits

    D4841 Practice for Estimation of Holding Time for Water Samples Containing Organic and Inorganic Constituents

    D5810 Guide for Spiking into Aqueous Samples

    D5847 Practice for Writing Quality Control Specifications for Standard Test Methods for Water Analysis

    E60 Practice for Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials by Spectrophotometry

    E275 Practice for Describing and Measuring Performance of Ultraviolet and Visible Spectrophotometers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.060.50 (Examination of water for chemical substances)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D3082-09

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D3082-09, Standard Test Method for Boron in Water, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.org

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