City Of Greeley

7 Thanksgiving Tips

Water conservation isn't the first thing you might think about on Thanksgiving Day. It’s estimated that to produce the food and prepare the meal, a Thanksgiving Dinner for eight requires over 40,000 gallons of water. Greeley’s Water Conservation Program has a few tips for you to consider when preparing and cleaning up holiday meals.

  1. Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator or microwave and not under running water.

  2. Rinse vegetables in a sink or basin filled with water. A running faucet uses three to five gallons of water per minute.

  3. Do not dump fats, oils or grease from cooking turkey down the drain. It can clog your plumbing system and harm the environment. Weld County’s Household Hazardous Waste program collects cooking oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., except on holidays like Thanksgiving. The Weld County Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located at 1311 N. 17th Avenue in Greeley.

  4. Use your garbage disposal sparingly. A better option is to compost kitchen waste. The City of Greeley and Weld County have developed a handbook to help people get started composting.

  5. Presoak utensils and dishes in a sink filled with water rather than in running water.

  6. Only run full loads in the dishwasher. This shouldn't be too difficult with large family meals, although you may have to run your dishwasher more than once.

  7. If you wash your dishes by hand, do not leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you only have one sink, gather the washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water.

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