The EPA wants hotels to start monitoring how long guests spend in the shower.

The agency granted $15,000 to the University of Tulsa to create a device which would track how much water is used during a shower.

The EPA grant reads:

Hotels consume a significant amount of water in the U.S. and around the world. 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. 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.

Data could then be sent to guests’ smartphones as a report card on how responsibly they shower. The grant also says the device would “assist hotel guest in modifying their behavior to help conserve water.”

What do you think of the idea?


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