MEASUREMENTS OF RADIUM LEVELS IN BOTTLED NATURAL SPRING WATER OF MARMARA REGION (TURKEY) - Bertin Instruments

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MEASUREMENTS OF RADIUM LEVELS IN BOTTLED NATURAL SPRING WATER OF MARMARA REGION (TURKEY)

URKIYE AKAR1, ORHAN GURLER1•, AYSEGUL KAHRAMAN1, SEZAI YALCIN2, GOKAY KAYNAK1, OZCAN GUNDOGDU3,4
Sources: Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Uludag University, Gorukle Campus, 16059, Bursa,Turkey 2 Kastamonu University, Education Faculty, 37200 Kastamonu, Turkey 3 Department of Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, United Kingdom 4 University of Kocaeli, Umuttepe Campus, 41100, Kocaeli, Turkey

Abstract

Drinking water may contain varying levels of radioactivity. It is therefore important to determine the radium levels in drinking waters for public health and radiation protection. This paper presents results of 226Ra concentrations in bottled spring waters. The concentration of radium has been assessed in the bottled natural spring water samples commercially available in Turkey. Measurements of 226Ra
concentrations in bottled natural spring water samples were carried out by AlphaGUARD, measuring the radon in equilibrium with radium. The radium concentration in these samples is found to be between 0.03 and 0.43 Bq·L-1. These values were compared with the recommended safe limits for drinking water.

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