Vol. 9 No. 10 (2023)
Articles

DETERMINATION OF GROSS ALPHA RADIOACTIVITY IN UNDERGROUND WATER IN BICHI

ATSOR, Anenge Joseph
Department of Physics, School of Secondary Education (Science), Federal College of Education (Technical) Bichi, Kano State. +2347060880364. anengej@yahoo.com
Moji Kenneth Terngu
Agricultural Science Department, School of Secondary Education (Vocational), Federal College of Education (Technical) Bichi, Kano State. +2348067430372. mojikennethterngu@yahoo.com

Published 2023-10-17

Keywords

  • Determination,
  • Gross Alpha,
  • Radioactivity,
  • Water,
  • Geometric mean

How to Cite

ATSOR, Anenge Joseph, & Moji Kenneth Terngu. (2023). DETERMINATION OF GROSS ALPHA RADIOACTIVITY IN UNDERGROUND WATER IN BICHI. International Journal of Advanced Academic Research, 9(10), 82-90. https://www.openjournals.ijaar.org/index.php/ijaar/article/view/235

How to Cite

ATSOR, Anenge Joseph, & Moji Kenneth Terngu. (2023). DETERMINATION OF GROSS ALPHA RADIOACTIVITY IN UNDERGROUND WATER IN BICHI. International Journal of Advanced Academic Research, 9(10), 82-90. https://www.openjournals.ijaar.org/index.php/ijaar/article/view/235

Abstract

Twenty (20) samples of water from hand dug wells and boreholes in Bichi Local Government Area were selected using a stratified random sampling. Few drops of concentrated nitric acid were added to each one litre of the sampled water for preservation. The samples were then evaporated and counted for Gross Alpha using MPC 2000 model gas filled proportional counter. Results of alpha activities in water in the assessed area showed a range of 0.080Bq/L to 2.166 Bq/L with a geometric mean of 0.544 Bq/L. This value is slightly above the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended practical screening level of 0.5Bq/L for radioactivity in drinking water, but below the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recommended practical screening level of 0.55 Bq/L for radioactivity in drinking water. Adequate discussions and appropriate recommendations are made for further research work in this field.

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