RADWAT - Development of a continuous, intelligent, autonomous, real time monitoring and alarming system for radon detection in ground water
The implementation of this project had far reaching environmental implications for different regions. A significant part of the project proposal was the development of a continuous real-time monitoring station to detect with a high degree of accuracy even a very low radon concentration in water. Radon produced by the radioactive decay of uranium-238, present in soil, in rock and in groundwater can reach levels regarded as dangerous. To date of concern, only Standard Method 7500-Rn (liquid scintillation counting) and the Lucas Cell methods had adequate inter-laboratory data for evaluation. It took too long time for water analyses (3 to 4 days and 100 ï¿½ sample for lab analysis). For this reason the core of SME's had taken the challenge for the development and construction of the first ever, real time, automated continuous monitoring radon in water and alarming system under computer supervision. The target of the project was to provide a sustainable radon contamination risk assessment and management tool. At the same time it will provide an effective qualitative and quantitative ground water monitoring. The proposers as well as other potential partners envisaged the manufacturing commercialization of the product and the development of new type of environmental services (environmental contaminant control system). The possible clients includes water companies, companies undertaking remediation and environmental monitoring, environmental and health agencies and local authorities. The use of the strategy developed in this project, as input to a decision support system, was expected to provide economic benefits especially in case of extreme events such as a high concentration of radon in a thermal station is monitored.