Sulfate Information

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Sulfate

Other Names

  Sulfate Ion; Sulphate

Chemical Formula

  SO4-2

CAS Number

  14808 – 79 – 8

Industry Uses

  Beverage Industry; Ion Exchange Systems

Health Risks

  Laxative

What is Sulfate?

Sulfate is present at widely varying conditions in natural waters. Sulfate levels are monitored in the beverage industry as well as in cooling water and ion exchange systems in order to prevent calcium sulfate scale formation.

Sulfate Exposure and Health Risks

Increased concentration of sulfate in water will cause it to have a salty taste and odor. Sulfate ions act as an osmotic laxative. Increased exposure to sulfate will increase large intestinal motility and inhibit large intestine fluid/electrolyte absorption.

Regulations

The table below summarizes the most-recent standards.

Limit/Level

Type

Organization

250 mg/L

Max. Secondary Drinking Water Standard

EPA

Sources: EPA

Measuring Sulfate

Dissolved Sulfate concentration in water can be measured in units of parts per million (ppm). We carry an instrumental kit from CHEMetrics that determines Sulfate levels in water. All of our Sulfate products can be viewed HERE.

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