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Copper (Soluble) Test Kits

Visual Kit

Range MDL Method Type Kit Cat. No. Refill Cat. No.
0.0 - 1.0 & 1 - 10 ppm 0.05 ppm Bathocuproine CHEMets K-3510 R-3510

Instrumental Kit

Range Method Type Kit Cat. No.
0 - 12.00 ppm (0 - 7.00 ppm Spectrophometer) Bathocupoine Vacu-vials K-3503

Note: Click on the ‘Kit Cat. No.’ to view the test instructions. Click on the ‘Range’ value for Vacu-vials to view accuracy chart.

CHEMetrics offers test kits employing the well-known Bathocuproine reagent to deliver sensitivity and accuracy within two minutes or less. Based on CHEMetrics patented Self-Filling Reagent Ampoule technology. Premixed. Premeasured. Precise. Each kit contains 30 tests.

The Bathocuproine Method

CHEMetrics' test kits employ the bathocuproine reagent. Bathocuproine disulphonate forms an orange-coloured chelate with copper. The method measures total soluble copper as ppm (mg/l) Cu. The test kits are applicable for analysis of drinking water, surface waters, groundwater, wastewater and seawater.

APHA Standard Methods, 22nd ed., Method 3500-Cu C - 1999.


Copper is naturally present in the earth's crust and in seawater. Copper-containing fungicides are used to control biological growth in water supplies. Copper levels in domestic water supplies may also originate from copper pipes and fittings. Copper may cause blue/green staining on sanitary fittings, and excessive levels can result in a metallic taste. The Directive Prescribed Concentration or Value (PCV) for copper in drinking water in UK and Ireland is 2.0 mg/l. The measurement of copper is an important means of monitoring the corrosion of condensate systems and heat exchangers.

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