Fluoride in leachate – Fast determination of fluoride using direct measurement

Increased fluoride concentrations in water may cause tooth damage, growth disorders, and bone deformation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), concentrations above 1.5 mg/L are critical.

One possible source of fluoride is landfills. Rain washes out harmful substances from landfills which can enter the groundwater. The leachate from landfills should thus be monitored for the fluoride concentration.

Ion measurement is a fast and inexpensive method to determine the fluoride content in water samples compared to other methods such as ion chromatography. This Application Note describes a reproducible and accurate measurement of the fluoride content using the fluoride ion-selective electrode with an OMNIS system.