Operation Sun Beam, Shots Little Feller I, II, Johnie Boy, and Small Boy. Project Officers Report - Project 7.17. Radiological Water Decontamination Study
ARMY ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS FORT BELVOIR VA
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This study showed that 1 The solubility of radioactive debris increased with a decrease in pH and an increase in temperature, but the change was not significant in the pH and temperature variations for normal drinking water supplies. 2 The solubility of radioactive debris was not markedly affected by contact time. 3 The solubility of radioactive debris was significant enough to require water demineralization to produce drinking water within the acceptable one year and one month drinking water tolerance levels. 4 Radioactive debris from surface detonations can be colloidal and remain in suspension in water for extended periods of time and be readily transported to downstream water sources and 5 Emergency type water purification methods such as filtration through clay and paper, batch coagulation, filtration through a cellulose filter disc, and molded filter candles effectively reduced radioactive contaminants to short range less than 30 days drinking water tolerance levels.
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