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The water X's and O's of a football party

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The water X's and O's of a football party

With just the slightest nip in the air, summer is beginning to turn to fall. And with the changing seasons, many Americans are shifting their attention to football.

And when there’s football, there are usually parties to celebrate. While it is certainly more fun to root for our favorite teams with family and friends, it also means there’s increased water use during these parties.

We’re sure your party will feature only the finest cuisine. Have you considered the water footprint of your feast? Denver Water has and you can check out what they have figured here. For example, it takes 1,847 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef while it takes only 39 gallons of water to produce a pound of vegetables.

Finally, the game has started. Touchdown! You jump with excitement, spilling buffalo sauce on your t-shirt. You pop it in the washer and well, newer, energy efficient washing machines use about 25 gallons per load according to the USGS. The older, less efficient models can use up to 40 gallons per load.

Coach calls timeout. You jump up to use the lavatory. The USGS estimates that most new, low-flow toilets use about 1.6 gallons per flush. Older, less efficient toilets could use as many as four gallons per flush. And to top it off, most people use about a gallon of water (USGS) to wash their hands each time they do so. You can reduce that by turning off the faucet while you soap and dry your hands.

The game is over and good news, your team won!

The bad news: You’ve got a pile of dishes in the kitchen. The influx of dishes might cost you some extra time (and water!) at the sink or additional dishwasher cycles. Newer dishwashers generally use about 6 gallons per cycle (USGS). Older, less efficient dishwashers will use about 16 gallons per cycle (USGS).

To help you throw water efficient football-watching parties, please check out the tips found on DrinkTap’s Water Conservation page.

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