Warsaw is the first in the world to use an innovative system to measure potential radioactive contamination in water supplies. The advantages of the new system are the continuity of control and the speed of operation-Świerk’s NCBJ representative told PAP.
An innovative system for measuring the level of potential radioactive contamination was installed in the water treatment plant of the northern plant of the Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment Company in the capital city of Warsaw
The system can continuously monitor potential radioactive contamination. If the radionuclide concentration in the water exceeds the allowable level, the detector will warn the weather station personnel. Therefore, it is possible to stop dispensing water before it reaches the recipient. Related services may also respond quickly. The solution can also protect the water supply network from pollution.
The second part of the system working at the same time, including the detection system designed and tested by the National Center for Nuclear Research (NCBJ), will determine the type of contamination through gamma-ray spectroscopy and take appropriate countermeasures.
NCBJ spokesperson Marek Sieczkowski emphasized in a press release sent to PAP: “Compared with existing solutions based on standard control, this is a fundamental difference-regular tests are regularly collected from selected locations in the water treatment and distribution system. Water sample.
The system is based on three detectors. The first is a gamma radiation detector, which generates an alarm signal when large-scale pollution is detected during the flooding phase. Therefore, the technical system that pumps water to the treatment station can be stopped, thereby avoiding contamination of the treatment station itself. The second installed is alpha and beta particle detectors, submerged in water and working in real time. It is used to detect trace contamination. After the water treatment stage, if contamination is detected, an alarm signal will be generated. When an alarm occurs, the water will be directed to a gamma spectrometer to identify the type of pollution. In addition, the design of the entire monitoring system allows it to be expanded in the future to identify chemical and biological hazards. Scientists also want to protect the water supply network from cyber attacks.
“The system for real-time monitoring of radioactive contamination levels in water is very important to improve the safety of residents who use drinking water, and is an important supplement to the standard water quality control carried out by water plants. The continuity of control and the speed of action may become key factors. For example, when a terrorist threat occurs. Warsaw SA Anna Olejnik.
The development of this system is attributed to the two-year European project TAWARA-RTM (TAp WAter Radioactivity Real-time Monitor). The project involves scientists from universities: Padua and Pisa from ENEA, the Italian national scientific and research institution, Scionix (the manufacturer of ionizing radiation detectors) in the Netherlands and CAEN (the manufacturer of signal recording equipment) in Italy. On the Polish side, the project involved the law firms NCBJ, MPWiK and Wardyńskii Wspólnicysp.k.
A mission worth 3.6 million euros was performed under the European Union’s FP7 security project.
PAP-Science of Poland
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