At its core Thanksgiving is about gathering with our closest family and friends to give thanks for things that we often take for granted. And it’s in that same spirit that this year we must all come together to recognize the ultimate resource that is often taking for granted – water.

So as you’re preparing your festive meal, trading family stories and indulging in the blissful gluttony that is Thanksgiving, we ask that you keep these simple water saving tips in mind:

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  • Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  • Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.

Just following these simple steps can greatly reduce your personal water consumption. Of course there is always more that you can do in the way of conservation, but where we’d really like your help is in spreading the word. So share your new tips with family and friends this week and even better document your Thanksgiving water saving effort on our Facebook page.

Snap a few pictures, take a little video, do anything you want to share your success and become an active member of the Water – Use It Wisely family.

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