Post-Chernobyl Investigations of Radiocaesium Activity Concentrations in Cistern Waters along the Croatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea

In this study, the results of long-term investigations into the post-Chernobyl period of radiocaesium activity concentrations in cistern waters along the Croatian coast of the Adriatic Sea are presented. The Cs activity concentrations in cistern water samples were in excellent correlation with fallout activities. The observed mean residence time of Cs in cistern waters was estimated to be 6.9 ± 0.8 y. Caesium-137 radioecological sensitivity for the period 1988-1997 for cistern water was estimated to be 1.17 × 10 Bq y L/(Bq m). The annual total effective dose incurred by Cs and Cs that a hypothetical adult person drinking 1 L of cistern water per day would receive was estimated to be < 1 mSv in 1986, decreasing to 3.6 ?Sv in 2015.

Authors: Franic Z, Marovic G, Petrinec B, Branica G. ; Full Source: Health Physics. 2017 Sep;113(3):167-174. doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000685.