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ASTM D1783-01(2007)

Standard Test Methods for Phenolic Compounds in Water

Standard Test Methods for Phenolic Compounds in Water D1783-01R07 ASTM|D1783-01R07|en-US Standard Test Methods for Phenolic Compounds in Water Standard new BOS Vol. 11.02 Committee D19
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Significance and Use

Phenolic compounds are sometimes found in surface waters from natural and industrial sources. Their presence in streams and other waterways frequently will cause off flavor in fish tissue and other aquatic food.

Chlorination of waters containing phenols may produce chlorophenols that are odoriferous and objectionable tasting.


1.1 These test methods cover the preparation of the sample and the determination of the concentration of phenolic compounds in water. They are based on the color reaction of phenol (C6H5OH) with 4-aminoantipyrine and any color produced by the reaction of other phenolic compounds is reported as phenol. The concentration of phenol measured represents the minimum concentration of phenolic compounds present in the sample.

1.2 Phenolic compounds with a substituent in the para position may not quantitatively produce color with 4-aminoantipyrine. However, para substituents of phenol such as carboxyl, halogen, hydroxyl, methoxyl, or sulfonic acid groups do produce color with 4-aminoantipyrine.

1.3 These test methods address specific applications as follows:

Test Method AChloroform Extraction
Test Method BDirect Photometric
0 to 100 μg/L
>0.1 mg/L
(100 μg/L)
11 to 17
18 to 24

1.4 It is the users' responsibility to assure the validity of the standard test method for use in their particular matrix of interest.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all 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 hazard statements see 6.3.2 and 8.6.

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Book of Standards Volume: 11.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D19.06
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.1520/D1783-01R07
ICS Code: 13.060.50