How clean and clear is your swimming pool water? Get them ready before the Summer hits.

Summer is near and swimming pools are getting ready. Freshening the water and cleaning the pools are around the corner. Keeping the pool water clean means to use disinfectant effectively without making the pool bad. An American institute conducted a study regarding pool water with the help of SCIEX Triple Quad LC- MC/MS system to check and quantify the presence of halo-benzoquinones (HBQs), a class of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) of health relevance.

Water needs to undergo a disinfection process to inactivate pathogenic microbes and prevent waterborne diseases to be used by humans. Common disinfection processes include chlorination, chloramination, ozonation and UV. While these processes function effectively to remove microbial risks, these disinfecting agents can also react with the natural organic matter that might be present in the water, resulting in the creation of disinfectant Bi-product( DBPs).

Studies show that there are DBPs that are having toxicological significance. There are various kinds of DBPs depending upon the composition of water and treatment used. Various studies by universities found that there are many Halobenzoquinones(HBQs), which are found to be important and they have formulated the cellular mechanism of toxicity.

Creation of DBPs is a complex chemical process. Swimming pools usually contain organic matters more than the normal tap water. Swimming pools commonly use chlorine as the primary means of disinfection, and the chlorine dose applied in swimming pools is usually higher than the residual chlorine in regular tap water to control waterborne disease, which also means that the residue would be more.  For sample checking for the studies, LC-MS/MS was used, with LC separation performed using a Phenomenex Luna C18(2) column and MS analysis using a SCIEX Triple Quad LC-MS/MS System using negative electrospray ionization (ESI) mode and with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). If your experiments revolve around water and its usability, your lab can acquire a SCIEX Triple Quad LC-MS/MS System from Emphor DLAS, leading laboratory equipment provider in Dubai.

The usage of SCIEX Triple Quad LC-MS/MS System in experiments was an added advantage as they were designed for the best usage and the results were precise and accurate. Studies showed that multiple HBQ residues of toxicological significance do form in swimming pools as a result of the reaction between the disinfection agents used in the pool and the organic residues introduced by swimmers. Epidemiological studies have indicated a potential association of consumption of chlorinated water with an increased risk of bladder cancer. The study wouldn’t have been successful without the usage of SCIEX mass spectrometers were a blessing.

If your laboratory needs a mass spectrometer, you may contact the best authorized dealers of mass spectrometers in Dubai, Emphor DLAS. Make your summer pool time clean and pure.

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