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Radiological Risks Assessment of Ogun State Drinking Water

Achuka, J.A and Usikalu, M.R. and Oyeyemi , Kehinde D. (2017) Radiological Risks Assessment of Ogun State Drinking Water. American journal of Applied Sciences, 14 (5). pp. 540-550.

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The presence of radionuclides in water constitute health risk to man. The consumption of such water increases the likelihood of incurring cancer. Analysis will enhance the detection of significant radionuclides causing harm to the populace and stimulate remediation. This inferred the radioactivity measurements of twenty (20) well water samples from three industrial cities of Ogun State using Hyper Pure Germanium detector (HPGe). The pH and other physiochemical parameters were also determined. The result showed that the mean activity concentrations of 40K, 210Pb, 224Ra, 232Th and 238U were found to be 1.86±1.70 Bql−1; 7.93±2.40 Bql−1; 3.60±1.25 Bql−1; 8.48±2.10 Bql−1; and 2.28±0.57 Bql−1 respectively. The corresponding mean total annual effective dose for ages 0-1 y; 1-2 y; 2-7 y; 7-12 y; 12-17 y and > 17 y are: 9.14 mSv y−1; 9.58 mSv y−1; 6.87 mSv y−1; 6.86 mSv y−1; 11.91 mSv y−1; and 5.68 mSv y−1 respectively. The mean cancer mortality and morbidity risks respectively are: {(3.16 and 5.00)10−5} for 40K; {(575.74 and 759.67)10−5} for 210Pb; {(43.25 and 71.05)10−5} for 224Ra; {(63.37 and 96.03)10−5} for232Th; and {(10.70 and 16.40)10−5} for 238U. The activity concentrations of 210Pb, 224Ra and 232Th exceeded the World Health Organization (WHO) guidance level in all samples but one. The corresponding total annual effective dose for all the six age groups exceeded the recommended WHO standard of 0.1 mSv y−1 in all samples. More importantly, there is high radiation risk in drinking the water from these wells and 210Pb contribution to risk was the highest

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Radionuclides, Mortality, Risk, Drinking Water, Ogun State
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 13:15
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 13:15

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