Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 278, Issue 2, pp 353–357 | Cite as

Investigation of trace and ultra-trace elements of nutritional and toxicological significance in Italian potable waters by INAA

  • G. Capannesi
  • L. Diaco
  • A. Rosada
  • P. AvinoEmail author
Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry


The element concentrations in potable water samples collected in two different urban areas for the water supply, Rome and Florence, are determined by INAA and compared. The results on drinking water of Rome show that the potentially toxic elements (Sb, Hg, Cr, Ni, etc.) are present at levels below the limit values whereas the essential human elements give a convenient nutritional support. Further, it is also evidenced that the elemental composition is quite similar to that of uncontaminated natural waters. According to the drinking water of Florence the characterization of the concentration of elements show an almost good situation except for Al.


Potable Water Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis Aluminum Salt Nutritional Element Toxicological Significance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. Tecnologie Fisiche Nuovi MaterialiENEA R.C.-CasacciaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Chemical Pollution LaboratoryDIPIA-ISPESLRomeItaly

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