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Home*A*Syst: An Environmental Risk-Assessment Guide for the Home is comprised of eleven chapters to help you learn about, investigate and take action on environmental health risks in and around your home. Each chapter provides in-depth information and comprehensive checklists to help you evaluate your risk.

View a list of topics covered by the book.

You may order copies of the Home*A*Syst publication by contacting our office (608)263-4695, or by contacting the publisher at:
Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES)
Cooperative Extension
152 Riley-Robb Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853-5701
Phone: (607) 255-7654
Fax: (607) 254-8770
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Many states have developed their own version of the Home*A*Syst guidebook with information specific to their area.

Home*A*Syst has a seven-minute video to introduce the topics covered in our national guidebook. To order the video contact the national office at:

Home*A*Syst Program
303 Hiram Smith Hall
1545 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1289

Help Yourself to a Healthy Home: Protect Your Children's Health is a resource in the Home*A*Syst tool kit. It can help you make sure your home is a safe and healthy place to be. Find answers to questions like:

Visit the Healthy Homes website to learn more about this publication. It is available in English and in Spanish.

Drinking Water and Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE): A Guide for Private Well Owners

About 42 million people in the U.S. get their drinking water from household wells, springs, cisterns and streams. Gasoline is one of the many pollution threats to the ground water that supplies these drinking water sources. MTBE is a chemical added to gasoline to increase octane. After 1995, some metropolitan areas of the country with smog problems used MTBE because it helps reduce harmful emmisions from automobile exhaust. You can learn about MTBE and the resources available for more information in this brochure.

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