“A generation ago, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring launched the US environmental movement. Today, Seth M. Siegel’s remarkable book has the potential to spark a similar citizen’s awakening and with it a demand for better quality drinking water. Every elected official should be compelled to read Troubled Water – and every American should want to do so.”
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk
“As one of the principal members of Congress long campaigning for safer drinking water, I'm amazed by how Seth Siegel has woven decades of activity into his sweeping narrative of what needs to be done now. Troubled Water is far more than a remarkably well-told story. It is also an inspiring work filled with interesting insights and creative ideas. A delight to read.”
Congressman Henry Waxman
“Seth Siegel has done it again! Just as he caused us all to think differently about water scarcity with his great book, Let There Be Water, his new (and also great) book will alter the way we think about water quality. Troubled Water is one of those rare works that will change your view of the world – and how things do and don’t get done.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio
“Troubled Water is a finely written, highly readable, and provocative book that recognizes the marvel that is modern drinking water while ringing needed alarm bells that need to be rung. Despite considerable progress, there are still too many people without safe drinking water and there are too many unregulated contaminants, whether in bottles or from the tap. No matter where we live in the U.S., we take water for granted at our peril. There are millions of people buying bottled water when tap water is safe, and too many people having to buy bottled water because their tap water isn’t safe. Siegel illuminates the under-appreciated problems with the status quo, and empowers and motivates us all to engage.”
Felicia Marcus, former Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board, and former EPA Regional Administrator
“From the cancer-causing chemical tainting industrial towns to the lead poisoning the little kids of Flint, we’ve made a mess of one of America’s greatest blessingsclean, abundant drinking water. If you want to know how we bungled our way into this disaster and what we need to do to trust our taps once again, you’re in for a fantastic read. Troubled Water is Seth M. Siegel’s powerful wake-up call and call to action to make America’s water clean again.”
Ken Cook, co-found and president, Environmental Working Group
“Meticulously researched and well written, Troubled Water addresses the quality of drinking water in the United States with fascinating stories and profound examples that bolster Seth M. Siegel’s provocative arguments. The book’s sweeping list of proposed reforms will generate a large readership and shape the national debate over our most precious resource.”
Robert Glennon, Regents’ Professor, University of Arizona, and author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It
“Seth M. Siegel is a master storyteller who captures the essence of complex situations and challenges in clear terms that connect how a problem evolved, what was done about it and by whom, to where we need to go today, and to a solution. His research and its presentation are engaging, accurate and insightful. Troubled Water is enjoyable, provocative and motivates the reader to action towards addressing our critical infrastructure needs. I give it an A+.”
Upmanu Lall, Chair, Department of Earth & Environmental Engineering, Director, Columbia Water Center
“Seth M. Siegel reminds us how America has used its waterways and aquifers as its private, toxic dumping grounds – and urges us not to forget in this era of the 24-hour news cycle. Thankfully, Siegel provides many ‘soft-path’ solutions that collectively could greatly enhance water security in the United States. The rest, he points out, is up to us, as consumers and as the voting public. A must-read for anyone who drinks water!
Jay Famiglietti, Executive Director, Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan; and former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Water Scientist
"Think about this. 80% of your blood . . . 60% of your brain . . . is water. You are what you drink. And what you drink is in peril. In Troubled Water, Seth Siegel has given us a call to arms for what is arguably the most widespread human health issue of our time, and also arguably, one of the most ignored – Drinking water. Eminently readable, meticulously researched, and unquestionably important – this should be on the reading list of every person who cares about the livelihood of their community, the health of their children, and the economic well-being of our collective future. And this is not just a diagnosis of the harms we face, as Siegel also provides us with effective and affordable prescriptions for solutions to the problems in providing this basic human right – clean water. Read this book, and let’s answer Siegel’s call.
J. Val Klump, Dean and Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"Well-presented, hard truths about our drinking water, which 'is less safe than we deserve.'"
“Seth Siegel’s thorough and articulate uncovering of the plague of contaminated drinking water is a must-read for those who care about the environment and human health. Children in Flint and Newark have suffered from tainted water from the tap, and so have many others throughout the country who rely on the government to provide safe drinking water. This compelling book sheds persuasive light on this pervasive problem. Is it not a right of every American to turn on the tap and know the water is healthy and clean? Siegel raises that question, and his lucid, penetrating prose provides the answer."
Mitch Bernard, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
“For too long drinking water has been framed as an environmental issue and overseen by a politicized EPA. Thanks to Seth Siegel and his remarkable book, it is clear that it has been mischaracterized to our detriment. As Troubled Water makes clear, the water we drink, from a bottle or a sink, is as much about public health, caring for the vulnerable among us, and raising healthy children as it is about anything else.”
Jaime Matyas, former COO, National Wildlife Federation (NWF)