Media Advisory: Author to discuss nationwide drinking water problems at UWM

MILWAUKEE _ Seth Siegel, author of “Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink,” will speak Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Siegel will be talking with WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence about the contamination of drinking water in the U.S. and what can be done about it. He’ll draw from his book, which examines drinking water problems in places like Flint, Michigan, and Hoosick Falls, New York.

(Siegel will be available for media interviews the day before the event or the morning after the presentation.)

The book approaches the issue from the perspective of environmentalists, researchers, politicians and experts in water technology and public works. It also offers recommendations for improvements.

Siegel, an author, lawyer, lecturer and activist, previously wrote the New York Times bestseller “Let There Be Water” about water scarcity. While writing and researching “Troubled Water,” he served as the Daniel M. Soref Senior Policy Fellow at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences. Among those interviewed for the book was Rebecca Klaper, professor at the school. Katie Hall, a UWM alumna, served as research assistant for the book.

Those who aren’t able to attend the event can register to view the presentation at

The event is part of the UWM Alumni Association’s Master Chats series.