Water and wastewater analysis

Drinking water and wastewater analysis demand a solution like liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to help environmental testing labs monitor the water that flows through our taps for safety and compliance with regulatory standards.

As an environmental scientist, you know that water quality begins with municipal or industrial wastewater that is treated and sometimes resourced for reuse. You also understand the importance of environmental epidemiology and the critical need to detect very low levels of a variety of pollutants and contaminants of emerging concern (CECs).

Enter mass spectrometry.

The mass spectrometry advantage for water and wastewater testing
When it comes to water resource management, quantifying very low-level contaminants is critical.  This is where mass spectrometry as a technique can help. SCIEX mass spectrometry solutions are sensitive, selective and specific, and they can help you:

  • Monitor, detect and quantify very low levels of a variety of chemical compounds, including pesticides,  pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), residual explosives and disinfection by-products (DBPs) using a single analytical instrument
  • Simplify sample preparation with highly sensitive analytical detection
  • Maximize uptime and sample throughput with highly rugged hardware
  • Get results from your data quickly using powerful software solutions



LC-MS/MS: The comprehensive approach for water and wastewater analysis

Disinfection by-products (DBPs)

Determine the concentration of DBPs in the environment.

Endocrine disruptors

Quantify endocrine-disrupting compounds at trace levels in water, soil, foods or other products.


Easily screen and distinctively identify isomers in explosive-contaminated areas.

Natural and freshwater toxins

Comprehensively test for a wide range of toxins, including microcystins, in a single analysis.

Organotin compounds

Identify multiple organotin compounds at trace levels.

Pesticides and herbicides

Analyze the toxicity level of pesticides and herbicides, and determine the amount in the water and how much exposure is hazardous.

Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

Accurately analyze the diverse chemical structures of PFAS, including GenX, using LC-MS/MS technology.

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)

Get the selectivity, specificity and sensitivity you need to quantify PPCP compounds at low ppt range.