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ASTM D3590-17

Standard Test Methods for Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen in Water

Standard Test Methods for Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen in Water D3590-17 ASTM|D3590-17|en-US Standard Test Methods for Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen in Water Standard new BOS Vol. 11.02 Committee D19
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Significance and Use

4.1 These test methods are useful for measuring organic nitrogen and ammoniacal nitrogen, which are essential growth nutrients.

4.2 Nitrogen compounds are widely distributed in the environment. Sources of nitrogen include surface-applied fertilizers, cleaning products, and drinking water treatment aids. Because nitrogen is a nutrient for photosynthetic organisms, it may be important to monitor and control discharge into the environment.


1.1 These test methods cover the determination of total Kjeldahl nitrogen. Section 24 on Quality Control pertains to these test methods. The following test methods are included:



 Test Method A—Manual Digestion/Distillation

8 – 14

 Test Method B—Semiautomated Colorimetric Bertholt

15 – 23

1.2 The analyst should be aware that precision and bias statements included may not necessarily apply to the water being tested.

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

1.4 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.

1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 11.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D19.05
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.1520/D3590-17
ICS Code: 13.060.50