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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-70

Analysis of radon concentration in drinking water in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan, India


1 Department of Applied Sciences, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
2 Department of Physics, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
3 Department of Applied Sciences, Ferozpur College of Engineering and Technology, Ferozshah, Ferozpur, Punjab, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0464.128870

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Radon levels were measured in drinking water samples collected from Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan, India. The measurements were performed by RAD7 an electronic radon detector manufactured by Durridge Company Inc. The radon concentration in these samples is found to vary from (1.6 ± 0.6) to (5.4 ± 0.7) Bq/l with a mean value of (3.3 ± 1.1) Bq/l. These recorded values are compared with the safe limit values recommended for drinking water by various health and environmental protection agencies. The recorded values of radon concentration are within the safe limit of 11 Bq/l recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The annual effective dose for ingestion and inhalation is also evaluated in this research. The estimated total effective dose varies from 4.29 to 14.47 μSv/year. The total effective dose in all locations of the studied area is found to be within the safe limit (0.1 mSv/year) recommended by World Health Organization and European Council.


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