Water Saving Tips for Thanksgiving

This is the time of year when we reflect on the last year and what we are thankful for. Celebrate Water is thankful for all the support we have received from the community thus far.

This year celebrate with your family and friends, but in a sustainable way. Below is a list of things you can do this Thanksgiving to help conserve water while you enjoy your celebrations!


Defrosting Turkey:

Probably one of the most key steps in creating your holiday meal. As you are prepping your bird, make sure you give yourself enough time to defrost it in the fridge. Using the cold water method, you have to change the water every 30 minutes. That’s a lot of water that can be conserved!


Vegetables are a staple side during a Thanksgiving meal. Instead of washing your veggies under a running faucet, fill a bowl with water. If you have your own small garden or herbs growing, you can even use that water to water your plants! Dual usage is the way to go.

Multi-purpose Cooking:

If you need to boil AND steam items for your family feast, try steaming while you boil! Just place a strainer over the boiling water to use as a steamer. That way you don’t need to use another pot of water.


If anyone needs a refreshing glass of water, consider placing a pitcher on the table rather than filling single glasses. People can take what they want, and the left over water can be used to water plants, or used for your pets.


Cleaning Dishes:

There are a few things you can do to help conserve water as you are cleaning up. If there are leftovers on plates, make sure to scrape them into the trash, or compost bin, rather than rinsing them off. If you have a dishwasher, make sure to use it. Dishwashers use less water than hand washing, especially if they are Energy Star certified. Plus, it gives you more time to sit down with your family instead of standing at the sink! If you don’t have one, try filling one sink basin with water, and the other with clean water for rinsing.

Leftover Water:

Even with the pitcher method, sometimes people don’t always finish their drinks. In that case, try to keep a watering can near your sink. You can pour the leftover water into it to use for plant watering, or to refill your pets water dish.

Whatever your traditions are, all of us at Celebrate Water hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with family!

*Tips and tricks from Water World and National Resource Defense Council

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