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  2. Bow Mar is offering easy tips to prepare for your holiday meals and parties without running up your water bill.


    Water impacts everything from food preparation to the clean-up process during the holiday. For example, a typical holiday turkey dinner for eight needs more than 42,000 gallons of water in food growth and preparation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That's enough water to fill a 30 foot-by-50 foot swimming pool.


    Appliances and fixtures such as dishwashers, clothes washers, showers and toilets, are being used more often. However, there are ways to save water while celebrating the holidays this year.


    Here are some easy tips that will allow you to incorporate water conservation into your holiday preparations:


    ·       Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator or the microwave instead of running hot water over them.  Defrost a turkey in a sink filled with cool water – remember running water is not a good way to conserve water.


    ·       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.


    ·       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.


    ·       Select the proper size pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking 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 4.5 gallons of water per minute.


    ·       Run your dishwasher only when you have a full load. Dishwashers use between 7 and 12 gallons per load.


    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by using any of these simple tips District residents could save 10 gallons of water. If every American household reduced their water use by 10 gallons on just Thanksgiving Day, it would save more than 1 billion gallons of water, as well as save any energy or materials used to pump or treat tap water.