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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-14

Measurement of radon gas activity concentrations in drinking water in the city center of Adıyaman, Turkey


1 Department of Electrical and Energy, Technical Sciences Vocational School, Adiyaman University, Adıyaman, Turkey
2 Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Letters, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Kahramanmaras, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Mehmet Fatih Aydin
Department of Electrical and Energy, Technical Sciences Vocational School, Adıyaman University, Adıyaman 02040
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/rpe.RPE_54_18

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In this study, 16 water samples collected from homes and the water tanks in various districts from two different natural water sources, supplying Adıyaman's domestic drinking water. Measurements of radon gas activity concentrations in collected samples have been performed by AlphaGUARD PQ2000 PRO radon detector. The average radon (222Rn) activity concentrations of samples taken from the natural water resources and homes were found to be 0.39 ± 0.11 and 0.51 ± 0.14 Bq/L, respectively. In addition, the annual effective dose equivalent that exposed due to radon gas in drinking water is also calculated and found to be 1.30 ± 0.36 μSv/y. The upper limit for radon gas activity concentrations in drinking waters has been defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, and World Health Organization to be 11, 40, and 100 Bq/L, respectively. The measured values of radon gas activity concentrations are lower than that of limit value defined by the USEPA.


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