ASTM D3372 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Molybdenum in Water

    Active Standard ASTM D3372 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.01


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Molybdenum can be found in waste that results from chemical cleaning of components in which the metal is alloyed.

    5.2 National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits or other standards, or both, require monitoring pollutants in waste discharged onto the water shed of, or into, navigable waters, and those disposed of in such a manner that eventual contamination of underground water could result.

    5.3 This test method affords an accurate and sensitive means of determining compliance with those permits.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of dissolved and total recoverable molybdenum in most waters, wastewaters, and brines by atomic absorption spectroscopy.2

    1.2 This test method is applicable in the range from 1 to 25 μg/L of molybdenum. The range may be extended by dilution of the sample.

    1.3 This test method has been used successfully with natural and reagent waters. It is the user's responsibility to ensure the validity of this test method for waters of untested matrices.

    1.4 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are mathematical conversions and may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other.

    1.5 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. For specific precautionary statements, see Note 3 and Note 11.


    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

    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

    D4691 Practice for Measuring Elements in Water by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry

    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


    ICS Code

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

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D3372-12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D3372-12, Standard Test Method for Molybdenum in Water, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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