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J. O'Reilly* 1, Dr. M. Watts 2 and Prof. N. I. Ward 1 Field-Based Arsenic Speciation in Water Samples and the Relationship to Human Health 1. ICP-MS Facility,

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1 J. O'Reilly* 1, Dr. M. Watts 2 and Prof. N. I. Ward 1 Field-Based Arsenic Speciation in Water Samples and the Relationship to Human Health 1. ICP-MS Facility, Chemistry, School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH 2. British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG INTRODUCTION : A field-based method for the separation and preservation of four arsenic species (As 3+, DMA, MMA and As 5+ ) in waters has been developed, utilising disposable Bond Elut SPE cartridges. On-site separation is achievable through strong cation exchange (SCX) and strong anion exchange (SAX) phases connected in series. The arsenic species are then eluted and analysed in the laboratory for total arsenic by ICP-MS. Arsenic species identification was confirmed using HPLC-ICP-MS. The field-based method was employed on natural/acid mine drainage waters collected from two areas: the Devon Great Consol near Tavistock in Devon and rural regions of Argentina. Populations in certain regions of Argentina (La Pampa and San Juan) display human health conditions linked to arsenic exposure, including skin legions, pigmentation changes, hyperkeratosis and various forms of cancer. FIELD-BASED METHODOLOGY: REFERENCES : P. L. Smedley et al., Applied Geochemistry, 2002, 17, 517 Francesconi et al., Analyst, 2004, 129, 373 Martinez-Bravo et al., J. Chrom. A, 2001, 926, 265 Figure 1: Field-Based Set-up CONCLUSION : Comparative arsenic studies were carried out between waters analysed from Devon and Argentina using SPE cartridges. Variable SPE recoveries were reported between spiking tests and real samples. Use of ascorbic and citric acids as preservatives alters the type of species identified by HPLC-ICP-MS. Tap water As T exceeds WHO guidelines. Studies need to be carried out to assess the effect on human and animal health. DEVON STUDY SITE: ARGENTINA STUDY SITE: Some remote populations of Argentina rely solely on artesian drinking water supplies. Total Arsenic (As T ) Levels Analysis of waters from La Pampa (artesian-tap) and San Juan (artesian/river) show high total arsenic levels, artesian ( μg/l La Pampa; μg/l San Juan) and river ( μg/l Rio Blanco, San Juan). Background levels (Rio Negro) were µg/l As T. The highest As T level was found in Edvardo Castex (La Pampa) tap water with 700 µg/l (Figure 7). The WHO level for drinking water is 10 µg/l As T. Figure 5: La Pampa Figure 7: Arsenic levels in Argentina Figure 6: Rio Blanco, San Juan Figure 2: Study site 7 Figure 3: SPE cartridge results Total Arsenic (As T ) Levels As T levels (filtered and unacidified, F/UA) ranged from 5.5 – µg/l. Site 3 was adjacent to the mine tailings area. Background levels were µg/l As T. SCX Cartridge (DMA) SAX Cartridge (MMA and As 5+ ) Sample 1Elution Processes Elute with HNO 3 Elute with acetic acid and HNO 3 SCXSAX Extraction Elution Processes As 3+ MMA DMAAs 5+ CALIBRATION: Arsenic species measured over a range of 0 – 100 μg/l using a VG Elemental PQ ExCell ICP-MS gave an r 2 value > Cartridge conditioning is carried out to promote adsorption of the arsenic species onto the silica-based resin: SCX: 15ml 50% v/v MeOH; 15ml 1M H 3 PO 4 ; 10ml DI water SAX: 15ml 50% v/v MeOH; 10ml DI water SPIKED RECOVERY TESTS: Solutions spiked with 10 μg/l arsenic were passed through the field-based set-up (Figure 1). Recoveries for the 4 arsenic species ranged from 85-98%. Arsenic Speciation SPE results generally showed As 3+ > As 5+ > DMA > MMA (Figure 3). Site 3 had the highest As species levels, similar to As T. Total As Fraction levels are generally higher than As T. The Devon Great Consol (Figure 2) is a former arsenic mine, ceasing production around Eight sites were selected within the vicinity of the arsenic mine. HPLC-ICP-MS Figure 4 shows the As speciation for site 3. Filtered water shows As 5+ as the predominant species, whereas field SPE analysis (Figure 3) shows As 3+ and As 5+. It is suggested that As 3+ oxidation takes place with water sample storage and transport to the laboratory. a) Filtered c) 1 % Citric b) 1% Ascorbic Figure 4: Arsenic species for site 3 As 5+ DMA MMA Arsenic Fractions (µg/l) Site Total (As T ) F/UA (µg/l) As 3+ DMAMMAAs 5+ Total (As Frac. ) Initial preservation studies using 1% ascorbic and citric acids, shows acidification also influences As speciation (Figure 4). Arsenic Fractions (μg/l) Site Total (As T ) F/UA (µg/l) As 3+ DMAMMAAs 5+ Total (As Frac. ) La Pampa (tap) San Juan (river) San Juan (tap) Arsenic Speciation SPE results showed for La Pampa tap water As 5+ > As 3+ > MMA > DMA, San Juan river water As 3+ > MMA > As 5+ > DMA and for San Juan tap water As 3+ > As 5+ > MMA > DMA (Figure 8). Figure 8: SPE cartridge results Total As Fraction levels are generally higher than As T, with a significant variation in levels for La Pampa. Tap water analysed from La Pampa is used by a family in which 8 members have recently died of arsenic poisoning. Figure 4a: 10 µg/l arsenic std. AsB As 3+ DMA MMA As 5+


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