Inorganic Chemistry

Royce Riessen, laboratory technician, filters samples for solids determination.

The Inorganic Chemistry section in Ankeny performs tests that detect inorganic elements in air, groundwater, drinking water, surface water, soil, wastewater and sludge. Samples from public and private water systems are analyzed for levels of nitrate and nitrite, total coliform and E.coli bacteria.

The unit also tests for arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead and many other metals. Lead testing of blood is conducted on specimens from children and adults from around the state. The scientists also test for lead in dust, paint, soil, pottery and food products.

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