As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986 the number of organic compounds that ought to be monitored will increase each year. For some of these compounds, including chlorinated acids, phenols, and other disinfection by-products, no economically and technologically feasible method is available for their analysis. An analytical procedure utilizing solid phase extraction combined with gas chromatographyAnass spectrometry (GC/MS) was developed to analyze theseclassesof compounds in drinking water. The overall accuracy and precision were comparable to other methods used for compliance purposes and detection limits were in the low ng/L range. Among the advantages of the developed methodology are its applicability for field sampling the same time, it provides a simple and inexpensive mean for sample preservation.

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