We have introduced a range of brand new arsenic sensors which can be used in our portable Kemio™ Heavy Metals and Kemio™ Multi testing solutions. The new sensors can detect both total arsenic and arsenic(III) and measure in the range of 2 to 250 μg/L.
Our Kemio™ Heavy Metals and Kemio™ Multi systems don’t require any specialist training and tests can be performed on-site in minutes, meaning that a user can test for arsenic across more locations in a single day.
Our Kemio sensor solutions provide users with a safer testing method than other common field-testing procedures, which use toxic chemicals such as mercury bromide in the testing process.
Kemio™ Heavy Metals and Kemio™ Multi have been designed for use in remote, hard to reach areas away from laboratory and healthcare infrastructure.
A number of countries are affected by high levels of arsenic in ground water: these include India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Chile and Argentina.
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) current recommended limit for arsenic in drinking water is 10 μg/L. However, in many areas, arsenic in ground water far exceeds this level. According to the WHO, millions of people around the world are exposed to arsenic at concentrations of 100 μg/L or greater.
Arsenic contamination is of particular concern where groundwater from wells is used for drinking, irrigation, cooking, and cleaning, and in areas where there is a lack of water treatment infrastructure.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring heavy metal which can enter ground water after it is released from soil and rocks.
Long-term exposure to arsenic can cause cancer and skin lesions, and it has also been associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The use of arsenic sensors with Palintest’s Kemio™ technology will enable governments, water companies, NGOs and communities to identify areas of arsenic contamination more quickly, take immediate action when harmful levels are identified, and mitigate risk.
Kemio™ Heavy Metals and Kemio™ Multi both have an IP67 rated waterproof design, which means they can be operated in wet and humid environments, and do not require laboratory-grade handling.
Kemio™ products also automatically log test data and store results. This provides traceable and auditable data, which can enable organisations carrying out testing to demonstrate regulatory compliance. These instruments are also compatible with Palintest Connect, our cloud-based data management software.
23rd February 2023
Lead exposure, through the contamination of drinking water, can have major health implications. It is vital that municipal authorities can employ accurate testing methods to identify sources of lead contamination. Multiple techniques including Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS) and Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (ASV) can be used to detect lead in water – in this article we review these methods in more detail.
8th February 2023
The human body needs small quantities of copper to function. But as well as being a nutrient, copper can also be harmful if consumed in large quantities. Palintest’s patented single use copper sensor, which can be used in our Kemio™ product range, can allow water utilities organisations to easily carry out testing for copper in-situ at consumers’ taps.