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J Radioanal Nucl Chem. 2014;299(3):1307-1312. Epub 2014 Jan 7.

Radon (222Rn) in underground drinking water supplies of the Southern Greater Poland Region.

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Higher Vocational State School in Kalisz, ul. Nowy Świat 4, 62-800 Kalisz, Poland.

Abstract

Activity concentration of the 222Rn radionuclide was determined in drinking water samples from the Sothern Greater Poland region by liquid scintillation technique. The measured values ranged from 0.42 to 10.52 Bq/dm3 with the geometric mean value of 1.92 Bq/dm3. The calculated average annual effective doses from ingestion with water and inhalation of this radionuclide escaping from water were 1.15 and 11.8 μSv, respectively. Therefore, it should be underlined that, generally, it's not the ingestion of natural radionuclides with water but inhalation of the radon escaping from water which is a substantial part of the radiological hazard due to the presence of the natural radionuclides from the uranium and thorium series in the drinking water.

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Effective doses from ingestion and inhalation; Liquid scintillation; Radon in drinking water

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