Spatial mapping of uranium in groundwater and risk assessment around an atomic power station in India

Manbir Singh, Vinod Kumar Garg, Yogendra Prakash Gautam, Avinash Kumar

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This paper reports the distribution of natural uranium in different underground water sources and health risk evaluation around Narora Atomic Power Station, Narora, India. The uranium concentration at studied locations ranged from BDL (<0.2 μg/L) to 32.37 μg/L with geometric mean (GM) of 6.4 μg/L and geometric standard deviation of 7.85. The life time average daily dose of uranium in drinking water was 0.64 μg kg-1 day-1. The cancer morbidity and mortality risk were also calculated for U-238, U-235 and U-234. The average cancer mortality was 8.03×10-7, 3.1×10-8 and 7.21×10-7 and cancer morbidity was 1.28×10-6, 4.89×10-8 and 1.12 ×10-6 for U-238, U-235 and U-234. It is concluded that health risk is minimal due to low levels of uranium in drinking water in Narora environment. However the concentration of uranium in drinking water must be monitored regularly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-790
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Engineering and Management Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2016
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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