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Comparison of two different methods for gross
alpha and beta activity determination in water

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Measurement of the gross alpha and beta
activity concentrations in various matrices is suitable
as a preliminary screening procedure to determine
whether further analysis related to specific radionuclide
is necessary. In Serbia, according to current regulations,
radioactivity concentrations in drinking water for gross
alpha and gross beta should be < 0.5 and < 1.0 Bq L−1,
respectively. The generally accepted methods for gross
alpha and beta activity analysis of drinking water in
different countries are: EPA 900.0 and ISO methods (ISO
9696, water quality – measurement of gross alpha activity
in non-saline water – thick source method, and ISO
9697, water quality – measurement of gross beta activity
in non-saline water). This paper describes comparison
of preparations and measurement gross alpha and
beta activity in bottled mineral waters as well as in tap
waters in Serbia using two methods: EPA 900.0 with and
without ash, and ISO methods. Concentration of total
dissolved solids (TDS) in investigated water samples
was determined. Based on obtained TDS, certain volume
was evaporated. The instrumentation used to count the
gross alpha and gross beta activities for both methods is
α/β low level proportional counter Thermo Eberline FHT
770 T.
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