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data. The reader may evaluate the stability of the precision estimates by comparing the results from the identical solutions C and G.

Conclusion

The original pH data from the laboratories, as well as the result obtained by mathematically recalibrating the original data with the individual laboratory's solution B measurements, have been quantitatively evaluated. Table 2 gives the original data and table 4 the recalibrated data. One-way analyses of variance were run on the original and the recalibrated data for non-buffer solutions C through G. The analyses of variance calculations gives within- and between-laboratory components of variance. The square roots of these quantities are called the within- and between-laboratory components of standard deviation, and are reported in table 5.

Examination of table 5 results shows the withinlaboratory components of standard deviation to be about 0.015 pH units, and to be approximately equal for the original and the recalibrated data sets. The betweenlaboratory components of standard deviation, however, are markedly different between the original and the recalibrated data sets. As expected, the recalibrations with solution B have resulted in greatly improved betweenlaboratory precisions. The component of betweenlaboratory standard deviation is about 0.07 pH units for the original data, and is about 0.03 for the recalibrated

The results of this interlaboratory test show that the use of dilute strong acid solutions of known and independently verifiable pH (e.g., solution B) to standardize pH instrumentation greatly improves betweenlaboratory precision in the measurement of pH in low ionic strength solutions, such as acidic rainwater. Thus, the use of such solutions by all those involved in network monitoring of wet deposition is recommended to improve the intercomparability of the measurements as a function of time and location. To aid in this endeavor, Standard Reference Material, SRM 2694, "Simulated Rainwater” has been prepared and analyzed by our laboratory and is available through the Office of Standard Reference Materials of NBS. SRM 2694 consists of a set of two 50 mL solutions in polyethylene bottles. The nominal pH of Level I is 4.3 and that of Level II is 3.6. The acidity and the specific conductance have also been determined, as well as several of the major cations and anions commonly found in rainwater. Guidelines for the measurement of pH in rainwater with the use of these materials are included with the Certificate of Analysis.

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[1] Koch, W. F., and G. Marinenko, Simulated Precipitation

Reference Materials: Measurement of pH and Acidity, Special
Technical Publication 823, American Society for Testing and

Materials, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 10–17 (1983). [2] Marinenko, G., and W. F. Koch, A Critical Review of Mea

surement Practices for the Determination of pH and Acidity of Atmospheric Precipitation, Environment International 10,

315-319 (1984). (3] Durst, R. A., Standard Reference Materials: Standardization of

pH Measurement, Special Publication 260-53, 48 pages (Dec.

1985). [4] Wu, Y. C.; W. F. Koch, and G. Marinenko, A Report on the

National Bureau of Standards PH Standards, J. Res. Natl. Bur.
Stand. (U.S.), 89 (5), 395-400 (1984).

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APPENDICES

Appendix A

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Participants in alphabetical order according to institution:

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island,
NY
Department of Energy, Environmental Mea-
surements Laboratory, New York, NY
Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc.,
Gainesville, FL
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
Global Geochemistry Corp., Canoga Park, CA
Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL
Martin Marietta Corporation, Baltimore, MD
National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD
Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle
Park, NC
Rockwell International, Newbury Park, CA
Russell Sage College, Troy, NY
South Coast Air Quality Management District
United States Geological Survey, Denver, CO

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for each solution per trial. Do not average several

readings of the same solution. 8) Repeat steps 4 through 7 for solutions B, C, D, E,

F, G, and H in this assigned sequence. Do not change the order, and do not recalibrate with

buffer standards within this sequence. 9) Remeasure buffer standards #1 and #2 (without

adjusting the settings of the pH meter) and record

the values. 10) Repeat steps 1-9 for Trial #2.

Note A: Possible causes for deviation from Nernstian response include:

i) improper calibration ii) old or contaminated buffer solutions iii) insufficient rinsing of the electrodes between solutions iv) plugged reference junction v) defective electrodes vi) defective meter

It may be necessary to replace the electrodes with a new pair if the non-Nernstian behavior persists even with accurately and freshly prepared buffer standards.

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