Organic pollutants in waste waters


Water analysis service providers and industrials measure organic pollutants on samples prepared by AGLAE. These analyses correspond to the monitoring of wastewater treatment plant discharges. 
⇒ AGLAE offers 22 programmes in this category of proficiency tests "Organic pollutants in waste waters".
AGLAE estimates the analytical performance of the participants, enabling them to improve the quality of their measurements on water.


Why participate in the "Pollutants in waste waters" proficiency tests?


They are carried out as part of self-monitoring or regulatory controls. These tests cover some of the requirements of :

  • accreditation scopes related to physico-chemical analyses in waters (see Accreditation No. 1-1664
  • approvals issued by Ministries for the Environment to carry out analyses in the field of water and aquatic environments
  • the Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000/60/EC), which sets objectives for preserving aquatic ecosystems


What types of waters does AGLAE provide in these proficiency tests?

  • inlet wastewater from urban wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs)
  • wastewater leaving urban wastewater treatment plants


What analyses do the laboratories carry out?


Participants analyse a wide range of organic pollutants, including:

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Benzenes, toluenes, ethylbenzenes, xylenes (BTEX) 
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) 
  • Pesticides, phytosanitary products (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.) and degradation residues
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) and hexabromobiphenyl (HBB)
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates
  • Trihalomethanes (THMs)


Added value of AGLAE "Pollutants in waste waters" proficiency tests


They cover a large number of organic pollutants.
AGLAE proficiency tests are used not only to assess laboratory performance, but also to check their estimated measurement uncertainties and estimate the repeatability and reproducibility of their measurements.
AGLAE provides personalised reports to laboratories, enabling them to focus on possible improvements to their analyses.


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