Radon in private drinking water wells

Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2014 Jul;160(1-3):235-8. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncu095. Epub 2014 Apr 8.


At least 10% of inhabitants in the Czech Republic are supplied with water from private sources (private wells, boreholes). With the increasing cost of water, the number of people using their own sources of drinking water will be likely to increase. According to the Decree of the State Office for Nuclear Safety about the Radiation Protection 307/2002 as amended by Decree 499/2005, the guideline limit for the supplied drinking water ('drinking water for public supply') for radon concentration is 50 Bq·l(-1). This guideline does not apply to private sources of drinking water. Radon in water influences human health by ingestion and also by inhalation when radon is released from water during showering and cooking. This paper presents results of measurements of radon concentrations in water from private wells in more than 300 cases. The gross concentration of alpha-emitting radionuclides and the concentrations of radium and uranium were also determined.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alpha Particles
  • Czech Republic
  • Drinking Water*
  • Housing*
  • Humans
  • Radiation Monitoring*
  • Radium / analysis
  • Radon / analysis*
  • Uranium / analysis
  • Water Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis*
  • Water Supply*
  • Water Wells*


  • Drinking Water
  • Water Pollutants, Radioactive
  • Uranium
  • Radon
  • Radium