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Camp Fire Standing Home Survey

**Camp Fire Survey Results**

Topics in the online survey

  1. Standing home characteristics
  2. Standing home water use experiences
  3. Standing home water testing experiences
  4. Standing home water treatment experiences
  5. Costs associated with standing home drinking water
  6. Information perceptions of persons with standing homes
  7. Health perceptions of persons with standing homes
  8. Standing home drinking water-insurance company interactions
  9. Potential interest in free standing home drinking water testing

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about this survey can be directed to the study leader
Either Dr. Whelton or another member of the research team will reply.
Dr. Andrew Whelton, Study Leader
Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Ecological Engineering
Telephone: (765) 494-2160

The online survey will compile the drinking water experiences and needs of people across Butte County who have a standing home in the area affected by Camp Fire. Surveys like these are helpful in understanding how the community has responded to a disaster and what their needs are. 

The online survey was designed for persons that have standing homes in the area affected by the Camp Fire OR are living in standing homes in the area affected by the Camp Fire. The home does not have to be currently inhabited or currently have water. The home has to be standing. All standing homes across the Camp Fire area are eligible. One (1) online survey is to be submitted for each standing home. Eligible homes include houses, mobile homes, townhomes, apartment units, and condominium units in the Camp Fire area. Homes that receive water from private wells, public water systems, and other sources are eligible.

On Wednesday May 1, 2019 the survey will be opened.

The survey takes about 25 minutes to complete. Some Butte County residents have tested earlier versions of the survey. They have told us it takes about 15-25 minutes to complete.

Participants will be asked questions about their standing home characteristics, water use, drinking water in addition to communication and health perspectives, among other topics. Participants will also be asked about their interest in potentially free in-home drinking water testing should another study be initiated. Participants will remain anonymous. More information about this will be available May 1 on a website managed by Purdue University’s Center for Plumbing Safety.

A link to the online survey will appear at on May 1, 2019. This website is managed by Purdue University’s Center for Plumbing Safety. A link to the online survey will also be provided to community members on May 1, 2019 who want to participate. This link will be provided to those persons who contact Dr. Andrew Whelton at

The survey is scheduled to close May 15, 2019. This is planned to be a 2 week survey.

Information about the study team members can be found on this website. Since January 2019, the team of Purdue University and Manhattan College researchers have been providing advice to county, state, and government agencies about Camp Fire response. In January 2019, the team were contacted by the Paradise Irrigation District for help. The team traveled to Butte County February 2019 and March 2019 to provide onsite assistance to the PID but also other local and state agencies. The team continues to provide assistance to agencies as well as answering questions and concerns received from the community. After visiting in February, the team set up a webpage to help address drinking water quality questions. You can find that information at Purdue University’s Center for Plumbing Safety website at

No. The Purdue online survey includes the entire area affected by the Camp Fire and contains different questions.

Purdue University has solely funded this survey. The team chose to self-fund this to help the community more rapidly understand and address the drinking water and standing home questions – across the area.

Yes. The online survey is designed to be completed either on a mobile phone or desktop/laptop computer.

Results of this rapid study will be summarized and made publicly available a few weeks after the survey is closed. More details including answers to frequently asked questions will come out May 1 at Purdue University’s Center for Plumbing Safety website at

Survey results will help the community and responding agencies better understand the drinking water and standing home needs of those affected by the Camp Fire. Several Camp Fire area community members have met with the team and helped test the survey. The survey was upgraded with community recommendations. Some survey questions were provided by the people affected by the Camp Fire. Some survey questions were developed based on our discussions with responding agencies. Survey results will be posted at Purdue University’s Center for Plumbing Safety website at

On May 1, 2019 go to and additional information and the survey link will be available.