EZ DPD dispenses a premeasured dose of N, N-Diethyl-p-phenylenediamine (DPD) into a 5 mL or 10 mL sample. The DPD reacts with chlorine in the sample to produce a pink color change. The intensity of the color is proportional to the amount of chlorine in the sample.
Colorimetric test kits (not currently sold by IDEXX) allow the sampler to interpret the intensity of the color change, providing a quantitative measure of the amount of chlorine in the sample. EZ DPD detects chlorine between 0.1–3.5 parts per million (ppm).
What chlorine testing is required by the U.S. EPA?
The Surface Water Treatment Rule of 1989 requires that distribution systems using surface water as a source and serving more than 25 people disinfect the distribution system or meet maximum HPC levels. Disinfectant residual level must be ≥ 0.2 mg/L (ppm), or the HPC level must be below 500 cfu/mL. The disinfectant residual must be present in ≥ 95% of samples for 2 consecutive months.
Testing frequency requirements:
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What is free chlorine?
Chlorine present as Cl2, HOCl, and OCl— is free available chlorine. The active chlorine in the water for disinfection is also called free chlorine residual.
What is combined chlorine?
Combined chlorine is that which is bound to other elements or organic compounds but is still an effective disinfectant. Combined chlorine has been found to be more effective than free chlorine in controlling postdisinfection bacterial growth. Chloramines are an example of combined chlorine.
What are chloramines?
Chloramines are compounds formed by the reaction of chlorine and ammonia nitrogen in water.
What is total chlorine?
Total chlorine is the combination of free chlorine and combined chlorine.
What is residual chlorine?
Residual chlorine is the chlorine that has not combined with organic matter.
What is the amount of DPD powder delivered by the EZ DPD dispenser?
The EZ DPD Test dispenser will deliver 0.04–0.09 grams of DPD powder each time the button is pressed.
What is the chlorine ppm detection range of the EZ DPD test?
The EZ DPD Test detection range is from 0.1–3.5 ppm.
What is the reference in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater for the EZ DPD Test ?
Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, Section 4500-CI, G describes the DPD colorimetric method for field testing chlorine.
Can I use EZ DPD for testing 25 mL samples?
Yes. Press the button 3 times for each 25 mL sample.
What should be done if the EZ DPD dispenser is plugged?
Remove the dispenser from the vial and clean it to dislodge any plugs. This can be done with a swab or other small device. The dispenser can also be cleaned with water. If you clean the dispenser with water, make sure it is dry before putting it back on a vial of reagent.
What should be done if the EZ DPD powder has clumped?
If the powder clumps, shake the vial to ensure free-flowing powder before dispensing.
What chlorine testing products will the EZ DPD Test work with?
EZ DPD is capable of working with many products on the market, including: Hach Pocket Colorimeter, Hach color wheel, Hach color cube, and LaMotte colorimeter.
Hach and Pocket Colorimeter are trademarks of the Hach Company. LaMotte is a trademark of LaMotte Chemical Products Company.
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