Most often when a person must perform chlorine testing on a water sample they have to use a chemical called DPD (What is DPD?) as the test reagent. DPD dissolved in water turns various colors (pale yellow through purple) in direct proportion to the concentration of oxidizers in the sample.

Today’s inquiry deals with DPD for free chlorine testing and came to us from ‘Oviruo’ who asked, “please can you assit me to get dpd satchet powdered type for testing free chlorine in water. thanks.

We did a quick check and found that you can purchase DPD-1 Powder Pillows for Free Chlorine Testing on the Hach Company web site. The material has an approximate cost of around $21 per 100 powder pillows.

Alternative to powder pillows

A company called Industrial Test Systems came out with an alternative to the powder pillow that performs as well or better than the powder pillow. They called it the ReagentStrip and it works quite well without the mess that sometimes accompanies the act of trying to pour a small packet of DPD powder into a sample vial.

Below you will see how the DPD-1 ReagentStrip works when used with the Hach 890 Water Testing Meter:

Free Chlorine Testing Using DPD-1 ReagentStrip and Hach 890 Water Testing Meter
Free Chlorine Testing Using DPD-1 ReagentStrip
and Hach’s 890 Water Testing Meter

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According to the manufacturer, DPD-1 ReagentStrips work with chlorine testing meters manufactured by well-respected companies such as Hach®, LaMotte®, Orion®, WTW®, and others.

DPD-1 ReagentStrip for Free Chlorine

Additionally, the DPD-1 free chlorine testing procedure stands and an equivalent to USEPA method 330.5 for wastewater and Standard Method 4500-Cl G for drinking water when used with a Palintest Chlorometer 1000 water testing meter or equivalent.

Cost of DPD-1 ReagentStrips compared to powder pillows

Earlier in this article we mentioned that interested parties can pick up 100 DPD-1 powder pillows for around $21 on Hach’s web site.

For those interested in the DPD-1 ReagentStrips, you can purchase 100 of those for around $19 on FilterWater.Com.