International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 4 Issue 4 2014- January 2014    Pages: 484-490  <<Previous    Next>>

Evaluation of radon gas concentration in the drinking water and dwellings of south-west Libya, using CR-39 detectors

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Rafat M. Amin

Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Beni Suef University, Beni Suef, Egypt.


In the present study radon (222Rn) concentrations in drinking water and dwellings at south of Libya was performed by using CR-39 detectors. The detectors were chemically etched and the alpha track density was measured using an optical microscope. The average indoor radon concentration for the whole survey was 29.7±3.8 Bq/m3 corresponds to an average effective dose rate of 0.67 mSv yr-1.  Variation of radon concentrations were found for different types of rooms: 17±1.9, 29±2.7, 35.5±3.1 and 37.3±3.4 Bq/m3 for living rooms, bedrooms, guest rooms and kitchens, respectively. In addition, the average radon level in drinking water samples from different water wells was 3.46 ±1.76 Bq/L which corresponds to an average effective dose rate of 25.3μSv/y. Results reveal that there is no significant public health risk from radon ingested with drinking water and indoor radon concentration in the study region.

Keywords: indoor radon, drinking water, effective dose, Libya


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