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A photoacoustic detection of tritiated water (HTO) is presented. The method uses cantilever-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (CEPAS) to reach sub-ppb sensitivity for HTO in the gas phase. A noise equivalent concentration of 0.88 ppb is reached with a sampling time of 1 min. The high performance and small sample volume of CEPAS allows sensitive detection of HTO from a sample with low total activity.