Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 78, Issue 1–2, pp 61–72 | Cite as

Mercury species in potable ground water in southern New Jersey

  • Eileen A. Murphy
  • John Dooley
  • Herbert L. Windom
  • Ralph G. SmithJr.


Water samples from 78 private potable wells in southern New Jersey were collected for mercury analysis in 1991–1992. Analyses were performed for the quantification of reactive, volatile and methyl mercury species. Relationships of mercury with other water quality parameters were evaluated also. Total mercury concentrations varied from <1 ng L−1 to over 36 Μg L−1. The dominant forms in which mercury occurred in the wells sampled were Hgℴ and HgCl2ℴ, although methyl mercury was present in some wells and comprised up to 8% of the total mercury in the ground water samples.


Methyl Mercury Water Quality Water Sample Ground Water 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eileen A. Murphy
    • 1
  • John Dooley
    • 2
  • Herbert L. Windom
    • 3
  • Ralph G. SmithJr.
    • 3
  1. 1.NJ Dept. of Environmental ProtectionDivision of Science & ResearchTrentonUSA
  2. 2.NJ Department of Environmental ProtectionNJ Geological SurveyTrentonUSA
  3. 3.Skidaway Institute of OceanographySavannahUSA

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