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EPA Grant Will Study Ways to Measure Hotel Guests' Shower Times

By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 10:45 PM

The University of Tulsa has received $15,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop the technology for a wireless system to measure how long hotel guests take showers and how much water they use.

"Hotels consume a significant amount of water in the U.S. and around the world," according to a description of the project on the EPA's website. "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 used from hotel guest-room showers."

The grant was reported by Justin Haskins, editor of The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank, in an essay for The Daily Caller.

Haskins noted that the EPA plans to use the information to develop a national database of shower times and water use for hotel guests.

"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," according to the description.

Haskins commended the EPA for seeking to encourage smart water usage but questions who will have access to the database — hotel management or the agency itself, for instance.

He also wondered whether the technology could be used to develop government programs that could penalize hotels that use too much water or otherwise infringe on Americans' privacy.

"If this isn’t the end goal of EPA, one has to wonder why the government agency is even interested in developing this technology," Haskins said.

"The idea that hotels need shower monitoring devices to help pay water bills is absurd. Current hotel lodging costs and fees already cover all the costs associated with operating the hotel, including the water bill.

"If hotels were really interested in charging some of their guests more for increased water use, they would have paid to develop the technology themselves," he said.

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The University of Tulsa has received $15,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop the technology for a wireless system to measure how long hotel guests take showers and how much water they use.
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