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  • 1 National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba, 263-8555 Japan
  • 2 Kobe Pharmaceutical University, 4-19-1 Motoyamakita-machi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, 658-8558 Japan
  • 3 Kagawa University, 1750-1 Ikenobe, Miki-cho, Kita-gun, Kagawa, 761-0793 Japan
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Abstract  

Water originated from groundwater systems can have relatively high concentration of radon. In many situations, radon is released from the water and mixes with the indoor air. In the present study, laboratory experiments were conducted to characterize the airborne radon released by showering and the use of a washing machine. The followings were discussed: (1) a comparison between the loss of waterborne radon and the increase of airborne radon, (2) time-related changes in airborne radon after the water use, (3) changes in the equilibrium factor, and (4) the relationship between radon concentration and the distance from the source of radon release.