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Holiday Meal Prep and Cleaning Tips

Eat, Drink and Call a Plumber

During the Holidays we spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Many of us make huge family meals. Greeley’s Water and Sewer Department has a few tips for you to consider to make preparing and cleaning up holiday meals more sustainable.

Meal Prep Tips

  • Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator or microwave and not under running water.
  • Rinse vegetables in a sink or basin filled with water. A running faucet uses three to five gallons of water per minute.
  • Fats, oil and grease cause serious plumbing issues if disposed of improperly. Collect leftover cooking grease. You can take it to Weld County Household Hazardous Waste, this is the best way to get rid of it. You can also pour it into a sealable container, such as a coffee can, and dispose of it once it’s filled.

Clean-Up Tips

  • Little Christmas TreeUse a strainer in the sink to keep solid food bits from going down the drain.
  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly. A better option is to compost kitchen waste
  • Use a paper towel to wipe off the grease from your pots and pans to keep grease out of the drain.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Contact Us

Greeley Water and Sewer

1001 11th Ave, 2nd Floor
Greeley, CO 80631

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

970-350-9811 tel
970-350-9805 fax

Water Conservation

970-336-4168 for Water Budget


Water 7am-3pm 970-350-9320
Sewer 7am-3pm 970-350-9322
after hours970-616-6260

Other Numbers

billing970-350-9811 (dial 2 for billing clerk)
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