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Six Easy Ways to Save Water and Money during the Holidays

Holiday water use in the kitchen is bound to increase for many households. Save money on your water bill this holiday season by following these six easy tips.

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, which means you’re probably starting to plan the dinner menu. And if you’re like me, you haven’t even had time to think about the endless number of holiday parties and family gatherings that are already filling up your December calendar.

Another thing you probably haven’t thought of is water. Most of us don’t stop and think about how much water it will take to prepare our favorite holiday dishes, or to clean up after the feast or party. Water actually plays a huge role in the kitchen, from food preparation to clean-up.

Here’s six easy ways to use water wisely while preparing your holiday meals and parties, without running up your water bill:

  • Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator or the microwave instead of running hot water over them.
  • Rinse vegetables and fruits in a sink or pan filled with water instead of under running water. This water can then be reused to water houseplants. A running faucet can use up to 4 gallons per minute.
  • Select the proper size pans for cooking. Oversized pans require more water than may be necessary.
  • Scrape food scraps into the garbage can or a composting bin, rather than rinsing them into the sink’s garbage disposal. A garbage disposal uses up to 4 gallons of water per minute.
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water and fill the rinsing sink one-third to one-half full. Avoid letting the water run continuously in the rinsing sink.
  • Run your dishwasher only when you have a full load. Dishwashers use between 4.5 and 12 gallons per load depending on the age of the dishwasher.

For more water conservation tips, visit the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website at www.WaterMatters.org/conservation/.

October marks the beginning of the traditional dry season. Rainfall in Hillsborough County for the month of October was 4.14 inches, about an inch above normal for this time of year.

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