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


AKAR TARIM Ü. , GÜRLER O. , KAHRAMAN A. , Yalcin S., Kaynak G., Gundogdu O.

ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, vol.57, pp.1204-1210, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 57
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Title of Journal : ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1204-1210

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 Ra-226 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 Ra-226 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.