Preliminary risk assessment of radon in groundwater: a case study from Eskisehir, Turkey

Yuce G., Gasparon M.

ISOTOPES IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH STUDIES, vol.49, no.2, pp.163-179, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


The aim of this study was to determine the radon concentrations in the water supplies of a residential area of central west Anatolia, Turkey. This research provides a preliminary risk assessment for inhabitants in the study area which can be applied for other regions. In 14 out of the 19 water supplies analysed, radon concentrations exceeded the maximum contaminant level (11.1Bql(-1)). The total annual effective doses of 10 for the wet season and 14 for the dry season out of the 19 water supplies are greater than the values recommended by EPA [Cancer Risk Coefficients for Environmental Exposure to Radionuclides, Federal Guidance Report No. 13 (US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, 1999) <>] (0.1mSv a(-1)). The elevated radon concentrations in water resources are most probably linked with geological origin which contains significant amounts of radioactive minerals.