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Air and water concentrations of radon in Alice Springs and Santa Teresa houses, 1984



Air and water concentrations of radon in Alice Springs and Santa Teresa houses, 1984


Alcock, J. F.; Johnston, G.; Northern Territory. Department of Mines and Energy. Water Resources Division


E-Publications; PublicationNT; E-Books; Technical Report ; No. 11/1985




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This report details results of integrated radon measurements taken in and around five houses at Alice Springs. Radon concentrations were measured in reticulated water supplies, household rooms and outdoor air. The reticulated water supply and bathroom air of two houses in Santa Teresa were also measured. The possible significance of the water supply as a source of indoor atmospheric radon is discussed. Recommendations for further reticulated water supplies discussed. sampling and implications for in the Northern Territory are discussed.


prepared by J. Alcock & G. Johnston

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1. Introduction -- 2. Sampling programme -- 3. Analysis and results -- 4. Health -- 5. Conclusions and recommendations -- 6. Acknowledgements -- 7. References.




Water quality -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs Region; Air quality -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs Region; Radon measures

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Department of Mines and Energy. Water Resources Division.

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Alice Springs (N.T.)


Technical Report ; No. 11/1985


38 pages : illustrations and maps ; 30 cm.

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