Rub-a-dub-dub the EPA is in the tub
Are you interested in the government keeping track of you, even in your most private of moments? The next time you stopover in a hotel and take a shower, that could be the situation.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to monitor the length of time hotel guests are spending in the shower.
The controversial agency is spending $15,000 to develop a wireless system that will track hotel tenants as they wash in order to get them to “modify their behavior”. The money has been allocated to the University of Tulsa in the form of a grant.
“Hotels consume a significant amount of water in the U.S. and around the world,” according to the text of the research grant. “The proposed work aims to develop a novel low cost wireless device for monitoring water use from hotel guest room showers. 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.”
Now I know what you’re thinking, Does this technology somehow sync up to my cell phone? Well, you are in luck.
“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 states.
Despite the wording of the grant, the EPA has attempted to clarify its content. EPA deputy press secretary Laura Allen has come out and said the “EPA is not monitoring how much time hotel guests spend in the shower.”
“Let us be very clear, EPA is not monitoring how much time hotel guests spend in the shower,” Allen said. “As part of the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3), a student design competition for sustainability, students at the University of Tulsa are conducting research to develop a novel low-cost wireless device for monitoring water use from hotel guest room showers. The marketplace, not EPA, will decide if there is a demand for this type of technology. It’s ultimately up to hotels to use technology like the monitors being developed at the University of Tulsa. EPA is encouraging creativity with water conservation efforts.”
With apparently all of the world’s ecological problems solved, it nice to know there are still tax dollars left that can be allocated to the process of bathing.
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