Federal Bureaucrats Want to Shorten Your Shower Time

The water restrictionist agenda is extending creepily into your bathroom. Busybodies want to change your showering habits. Water flow restrictors are already federally mandated in all shower heads. But that’s not enough for “green” lifestyle tyrants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to find a way to restrict the length of your showers, too.

The EPA thinks that the average American’s 8-minute shower, which uses 18 gallons of water, is too long. The agency has set a goal of getting Americans to reduce their shower time to 7 minutes or less.

EPA officials are encouraging hotels to prod their guests to take shorter showers and reuse their towels. Bureaucrats fret that hotels lack systems for directly monitoring and regulating how individual guests use water. “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,” an EPA document complains.

The agency is funding university research that aims “to develop a novel low cost wireless device for monitoring water use from hotel guest room showers.” It “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.”

Your tax dollars at work. Your privacy down the drain – literally.

Long Showers “Behavioral Waste”

Long showers are an example of what the EPA calls “behavioral waste.” Never mind that your “behavioral waste” might add value to your life. The government has precise formulas to determine which of your habits are wasteful.

Of course, there are forms of waste that are truly problematic. “Typically 20 percent of every shower, the duration, is essentially lost,” says Jonah Schein, technical coordinator for homes and buildings for the EPA’s WaterSense program.

Showering drives almost 17 percent of household water use. Water heating itself accounts for almost 17 percent of total home electricity.

One idea to curb your own energy and water expenses is to take cooler showers. Exposure to cold water causes your body to produce adrenaline. That, in turn, can help boost your mood and energy levels. One recent study found that cold showers help treat depression in some people.

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