Radioanalytical investigations of uranium concentrations in natural spring, mineral, spa and drinking waters in Hungary

Viktor Jobbágy, Norbert Kávási, J. Somlai, Péter Dombovári, Richárd Kardos, T. Kovács

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Abstract

Within this work, the activity concentrations of uranium isotopes ( 234U, 235U, and 238U) were analyzed in some of the popular and regularly consumed Hungarian mineral-, spring-, therapeutic waters and tap waters. Samples were selected randomly and were taken from different regions of Hungary (Balaton Upland, Bükk Mountain, Somogy Hills, Mezoföld, and Lake Hévíz). Concentration (mBq L-1) of 234U, 235U, and 238U in the waters varied from 1.1 to 685.2, from 234U and 238U). The activity ratio between 234U and 238U varies from 0.57 to 4.97. The calculated doses for the analyzed samples of spring water are in the range 0.07-32.39 μSv year-1 with an average 4.32 μSv year-1. This is well below the 100 μSv year-1 reference level of the committed effective dose recommended by WHO and the EU Council. The other naturally occurring alpha emitting radionuclides (226Ra and 210Po) will be analyzed later to complete the dose assessment. This study provides preliminary information for consumers and authorities about their internal radiological exposure risk due to annual intake of uranium isotopes via water consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-422
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Volume286
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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Keywords

  • Alpha spectrometry
  • Dose estimation
  • Natural waters
  • Uranium
  • Water quality

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry

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Radioanalytical investigations of uranium concentrations in natural spring, mineral, spa and drinking waters in Hungary. / Jobbágy, Viktor; Kávási, Norbert; Somlai, J.; Dombovári, Péter; Kardos, Richárd; Kovács, T.

In: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Vol. 286, No. 2, 11.2010, p. 417-422.

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