Being thankful, not wasteful this holiday season

Mile High Water Talk

Hosting a Thanksgiving feast? Follow these 20 tips to save water before, during and after your meal.

Turkey photo It takes about 520 gallons of water to produce one pound of turkey meat. (Photo credit:

By Travis Thompson

Are you hosting a family dinner this holiday season? If so, it could mean unnecessary water waste in your home.

Thankfully, it’s easy to keep water usage to a minimum; just follow these simple tips compiled from Denver Water’s conservation department, the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program and Water – Use It Wisely.

Meal prep

  • Don’t use running water to thaw a frozen turkey or other food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
  • Wash vegetables and fruits in a bowl or basin using a vegetable brush instead of letting water run. Use the extra water on plants.
  • Cook food in as little water as possible. This also…

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