# Understanding products of triated water decay

by Decimator
Tags: decay, products, triated, water
 P: 39 Figured this was more a chemistry question than nuclear question, so I put it here. When an atom of tritium in $^{3}_{1}H$$_{2}O$ decays, it becomes $^{3}_{2}He$$^{1+}$ + $e^{-}$ + $^{3}_{1}HO$ This then quickly becomes $^{3}_{2}He$ + $^{3}_{1}HO$ I'm a little confused about the hydroxide. It needs another electron, so it's...positively charged? Anything else I have wrong?