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Indian Journal of Physics

, Volume 83, Issue 7, pp 1039–1044 | Cite as

Uranium concentration in drinking water samples using the SSNTDs

  • Harmanjit Singh
  • Joga Singh
  • Surinder Singh
  • B. S. Bajwa
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Abstract

Uranium concentrations in the drinking water samples collected mainly from hand pumps along the Amritsar to Bathinda track are presented. Uranium concentration values in these samples show a wide range of variation depending upon different factors like source, location, depth and local geology etc. The observed uranium content in water samples has been found to be varying from 0.9 ± 0.08 to 63 ± 0.21 ppb and even the radon activity in ground water observed in our earlier survey carried out in this area has been found to be increasing from Amritsar towards Bathinda. The higher values were observed from the ground water samples particularly of the areas falling in belt from Zira to Maur towards the Haryana border. The values observed at certain locations are found to be higher than the highest recommended value of 15 ppb [1]. The high uranium concentration observed particularly in certain areas along this track can be attributed due to interaction of ground water with the soil formation of this region and the local subsurface geology of the region.

Keywords

Water uranium geology sources 

PACS Nos

93.85.Np 92.20.Td 

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© Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harmanjit Singh
    • 1
  • Joga Singh
    • 1
  • Surinder Singh
    • 1
  • B. S. Bajwa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsGuru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsarIndia

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