The chromium(III) complex species formed, in acidic and basic solutions at 25.0 +/- 0.1 degrees C, between Cr(III) and 2,3-dihydroxynaphthalene-6-sulfonic acid (2,3-DHN-6-SA, H-2,L2-) and 4.5-dihydroxynaphthalene-2,7-disulfonic acid (4,5-DHN-2,7-DSA, H-2,L-) were determined. Over the acidic pH range, the coordination of 2,3-DHN-6-SA and 4,5-DHN-2,7-DSA to Cr(III) in 1 : 1 mole ratio occurs, and CrL and CrL- type complexes are formed. At near neutral pH, CrL(OH)(-) and CrL(OH)(2-) type hydroxo complexes are formed. The acid-dissociation constants of ligands and the formation constants of chromium(III) complexes were determined in 0.1 M KNO3 ionic medium by potentiometric titration using the BEST computer program. Thus, the removing capacities of these ligands could be examined by calculating the equilibrium concentration of Cr(III) that exists in the discharge water of various industries since Cr(III) ions are the main pollutants present during waste water treatment in our city, Bursa.