Kids, say goodbye to that rubber ducky. The EPA recently began an initiative to discourage kids from taking baths. The reason? Baths are an inefficient use of water.
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Parents across America who struggle to keep their young rambunctious kids clean now have a new obstacle: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
As part of its effort to help save the planet from the dangers of taking too many baths, the EPA’s WaterSense program is trying to convince kids they should avoid bathtubs in favor of showers, which it says is a far more efficient use of water.
“To save even more water, keep your shower under five minutes long—try timing yourself with a clock next time you hop in!” the “WaterSense for Kids” website says.
In addition to convincing kids to stay away from the tub, the EPA’s website instructs children to be careful not to give plants or the yard too much water, to ask parents to use car washes that recycle used water, and to avoid using hoses whenever possible. The EPA even suggests kids conduct experiments with parents to test toilets for leaks.
When kids aren’t busy timing their showers to ensure they remain as unclean as possible and training to be future plumbers, they can “test” their “water sense” by playing EPA’s Pac-Man-inspired online game starring the “water-efficiency hero,” Flo. The goal of the game is to move Flo, a cartoon water drop, “through water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters.”
There’s nothing kids hate more than those darn water-wasting monsters.
Silly, unnecessary initiatives from the EPA have become commonplace (they recently tried to start monitoring shower time and water use at hotels), but over-regulation has cost thousands of American jobs and billions of American taxpayer dollars.
Regulation has its place, but the EPA and other federal regulatory agencies have begun to grossly abuse their power. Fortunately, the founders included the Convention of States option in Article V of the Constitution for the sole purpose of halting federal abuse. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that limit the ability of federal agencies to regulate every aspect of American life.
We are working all across the country to encourage state legislatures to pass resolutions calling for a Convention of States to do just that.