While turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce are the major players this time of year, let’s not forget about the importance of water and how it shapes our holiday more than you would think!
Pilgrims and water – that’s right, there would be no Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade if it hadn’t been for water quality or the lack thereof!
Although they had no understanding of pathogens and bacteria, the English knew that drinking plain water made them sick. Therefore, the English, including the Pilgrims, avoided drinking water instead choosing beer and occasionally wine as their drink of choice — even for the children! During the extremely difficult, perilous 65-day journey of the Virginia-bound Mayflower, the ship ran low on beer and the crew, not wanting to share their remaining beer supply with the Pilgrims, made the decision to land early in Massachusetts instead. The ship docked near Provincetown and after sending out a scouting party, sailed to Plymouth where it docked for the winter. The rest is Gobbler history.
Your waistline and water – avoid the need for stretchy pants to make it through dinner!
A glass of water before the big meal can help diminish your appetite which in turn can keep you from taking those extra helpings of stuffing and sweet potatoes. Continuing to drink water throughout the meal will help you feel full sooner, helping to minimize going back for seconds and thirds. In addition, a glass of water before and in between glasses of wine or beer can help limit your consumption of alcohol.
Avoid the ever expanding waist, I mean waste!
If you bought a frozen turkey, give yourself enough time to defrost it in the refrigerator rather than using the cold water method. When washing any of your vegetables use a large bowl of water to rinse them rather than running the water. This water can then be reused to water your garden. Running out of burners to cook your feast? If you’ve got something boiling, just place whatever you want to steam in a strainer over the boiling water — this way you won’t need to use additional water to steam your veggies and you’re using one less burner. Once the water has cooled from boiling be sure to reuse it for some nutritious soup base or water your garden. Place a pitcher of cold water on the table instead of filling each glass. That way people can take what they need, and you can give the leftover water to your dog or use on our plants.
The Great Thanksgiving Flush!
After Thanksgiving dinner, approximately 30 million Americans will watch football. At halftime, American toilets will flush 30 million times and use 108 million gallons of water – enough water to fill an entire football stadium! Water efficient toilets would save 62 million gallons of water.
We at EPA Water Consultants wish you and your family a happy, hydrated holiday.
If you have any questions about the benefits of purified drinking water, or if you’d like a water treatment system serviced or installed in your home, contact EPA Water Consultants, your Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey dealer of water filtration and water softening systems. We provide service all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including towns like Kennet Square, Kimberton and King of Prussia, PA.
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