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Why is phosphate concentration important?
Phosphate is an important nutrient that restricts microbial production in many freshwater and marine environments. The actual concentration of phosphate in phosphorus-limited waters is largely unknown because commonly used chemical and radiochemical techniques overestimate the concentration.
What does phosphate test for in water?
The total phosphorus test measures all the forms of phosphorus in the sample (orthophosphate, condensed phosphate, and organic phosphate). The dissolved phosphorus test measures that fraction of the total phosphorus which is in solution in the water (as opposed to being attached to suspended particles).
Is phosphate bad for the environment?
Too much phosphorus can cause increased growth of algae and large aquatic plants, which can result in decreased levels of dissolved oxygen– a process called eutrophication. High levels of phosphorus can also lead to algae blooms that produce algal toxins which can be harmful to human and animal health.
What are the effects of phosphates?
What are the uses of phosphates?
Phosphate rock is processed to produce phosphorous, which is one of the three main nutrients most commonly used in fertilizers (the other two are nitrogen and potassium). Phosphate can also be turned into phosphoric acid, which is used in everything from food and cosmetics to animal feed and electronics.
Why is phosphorus banned?
But high phosphorus levels in water bodies can lead to excessive algae and aquatic plant growth which can harm aquatic life and impair recreational use. A library search generated 11 states that ban phosphorus fertilizer use or sale; all laws passed in the last 10 years.
Why is phosphate added to our drinking water?
In the UK, phosphorus is routinely added to drinking water supplies in a form known as phosphate. It is added to effectively prevent any lead entering the water supply, which can come from the corrosion of old piping. Lead is a toxic metal and adding phosphate has proven to be very successful in reducing human exposure to it.
What kind of phosphate is in UK water?
In the UK, phosphorus is routinely added to drinking water supplies in a form known as phosphate.
What are the sources of phosphate in wastewater?
Sources of phosphate include human and animal waste, industrial chemicals and detergents, and agricultural run-off.1 Phosphate is abundant in wastewater and should be removed before treated effluent is discharged. There are two main methods for phosphate removal: chemical removal and biological removal.
How does the level of phosphorus affect water quality?
Water quality can be further impaired when bacteria consume dead algae and use up dissolved oxygen, suffocating fish and other aquatic life. In some water bodies, the concentration of phosphorus is low enough to limit the growth of algae and/or aquatic plants.