Radon gas, which is the main contributor to human radiation exposure, is easily dissolved in, and dissipated from, water.
Problems with radon occur because, in addition to being ingested, it (a) becomes attached to particles which lodge in the lungs and (b) emits alpha radiation.
Concentration has been found to increase inversely with the size of a water supply.
Although of little problem in mains'water, private water supplies in the UK have been found to contain more than ten times the recommended US levels.
Despite this, very little monitoring is carried out for radon in private supplies.
Local authorities, situated in areas where the geological conditions are such that high levels of radon would be expected, should carry out a suitable sampling and monitoring programme of their private water supplies.
Mots-clés Pascal : Pollution eau, Radon, Approvisionnement eau, Eau potable
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Water pollution, Radon, Water supply, Drinking water
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0351015
Code Inist : 001D16A02. Création : 10/04/1997.