Water is used for almost all applications in the laboratory. Impurities are found in all tap water and can have a negative effect on scientific analyses. Water that is adequate for rinsing vessels may not be adequate for analytical work. For example, if a laboratory is running a high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) analysis and the water has high organic content, it can cause background noise.
Inorganic impurities can lead to nonspecific staining in histology slides,
as well as influence enzyme functions. Some of most sensitive or critical types of applications are cell cultures. Endotoxins in the media can lead to cell death. Therefore, analysts must measure the relevant contaminants to be sure it is the correct water quality for their applications.
- Feedwater impurities and current laboratory standards
- An effective method to remove endotoxins in cell culture applications
- How to reduce running costs without compromising water quality