By Elizabeth Harrington Published March 17, 2015 Washington Free Beacon
"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower.
The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to “modify their behavior.”
“Hotels consume a significant amount of water in the U.S. and around the world,” an EPA grant to the University of Tulsa reads. “Most hotels do not monitor individual guest water usage and as a result, millions of gallons of potable water are wasted every year by hotel guests.”
“The proposed work aims to develop a novel low cost wireless device for monitoring water use from hotel guest room showers,” it said. “This device will be designed to fit most new and existing hotel shower fixtures and will wirelessly transmit hotel guest water usage data to a central hotel accounting system.”
The funding is going toward creating a prototype and market analysis for the device. The goal of the project is to change the behavior of Americans when they stay at hotels.
“This technology will provide hotel guests with the ability to monitor their daily water online or using a smartphone app and will assist hotel guest in modifying their behavior to help conserve water,” the grant said."
So the EPA wants to monitor how long a shower I take when I stay in a hotel? Are you kidding me? What will the EPA force hotels to do, turn off the shower after 7 minutes? After 5 minutes? Or just wait until I soap up and then shut off the water in the shower?
You want to conserve water in hotels? Here's an idea. Take away ALL the water. Take away the hotel shower, remove it. Remove the hotel sinks. Remove the toilets in all the hotel rooms. Yeah, that'll work, that'll save lots of water.
Hey, EPA, let me put this in a way that you can understand: when I spend $200, $300, or more per night to stay in a good hotel I will take as long a shower as I fucking want! Or, in even simpler words, "Stay the fuck out of my hotel room!"