Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 302, Issue 1, pp 315–329 | Cite as

Radon concentration in drinking water sources of the region adjacent to a tectonically active Karak Thrust, southern Kohat Plateau, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

  • N. U. Khattak
  • M. A. Khan
  • M. T. Shah
  • N. Ali


A total of 84 drinking water samples from tube wells, natural springs, hand pumps and open wells in the region adjacent to a tectonically active Karak Thrust, Pakistan, were analyzed for radon content determination. These samples have a mean, maximum and minimum radon values of 9.4 ± 0.4, 25.1 ± 0.9, and 1.1 ± 0.2 Bq l−1, respectively. This study indicates that 24 % of samples from tube wells, 44 % from springs, and 50 % from hand pumps have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended maximum contaminant level of 11.1 Bq l−1. The mean annual effective doses of all the samples are lower than the reference level of 0.1 mSv a−1. Drinking water from majority of the sources within the region is generally safe as far as radon related health hazards are concerned with exception of few isolated cases.


Radon concentration Active method Annual effective dose Drinking water Karak Thrust Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. U. Khattak
    • 1
  • M. A. Khan
    • 2
  • M. T. Shah
    • 1
  • N. Ali
    • 3
  1. 1.National Centre of Excellence in GeologyUniversity of PeshawarPeshawarPakistan
  2. 2.Department of Earth & Environmental SciencesBahria UniversityIslamabadPakistan
  3. 3.Physics DivisionPINSTECHIslamabadPakistan

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