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The Water Tower Virtual Book Club: “Troubled Water”

May 26, 2020

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On Tuesday night, water professionals from across the U.S. virtually gathered for The Water Tower’s first Virtual Book Club to discuss “Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink” by Seth M. Siegel.

“I’m alerting everyone to the dangers that are before us, but also the opportunities that can be in front of us,” said the New York Times bestselling author regarding his book during the virtual meeting on May 19, 2020. “This is not a depressing book; it is an optimistic book.”

During the first half of the book club, Siegel was present to field questions from those in attendance and from guest moderator and Executive Director at Georgia Association of Water Professionals, Pamela Burnett.

Siegel said he hoped to bring awareness to the troubles of the water industry to help find a solution.

“The reason why the school, and the park, and the clinic, and the police department ,and the roads, and all the other stuff, will never be permitted to get into that sense of decay is because of the fact that the public will not permit it, because they know about it,” he said. “They see it. It's our job to take the invisible and show it to the public.”

“Troubled Water” sparked many thought-provoking conversations at the book club.

“We greatly appreciate Seth joining us for our first virtual book club meeting,” said Kristan VandenHeuvel, Strategic Director of Research and Engagement at The Water Tower. “His book definitely challenged our perspectives and primed the pump for a lively discussion. A huge thank you to all of the attendees who joined us and helped make this event a success.”

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