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Being thankful, not wasteful this holiday season

Turkey
It takes about 520 gallons of water to produce one pound of turkey meat.

Water-efficiency tips for your holiday feast

  1. Don’t use running water to thaw a frozen turkey or other food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
  2. Enjoy the side dishes! Corn, apples and potatoes require only 84, 108, and 132 gallons of water per pound to grow, respectively. Meats such as beef and lamb require many more times the amount of water per pound to produce.
  3. Food waste is water waste. It takes about 520 gallons of water to produce one pound of turkey meat. To avoid scraping leftover food in the trash, serve smaller portions and invite guests to bring containers to take extra food home.
  4. Scrape dishes — don’t rinse — before putting them in the dishwasher. Energy Star-qualified dishwashers and today’s detergents are designed to clean without needing a rinse.
  5. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

See more water-efficiency tips for the holiday season.