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How much water are you gobbling?

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How much water are you gobbling?

If you asked most Americans, they would say that water conservation probably does not top their thoughts as they approach Thanksgiving. A recent survey by American Water indicates that perhaps it should.

A typical American Thanksgiving feast usually features turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole and, lest we forget, pecan or pumpkin pie for dessert.

Whether water is used for irrigation, consumption or hygiene, almost all the food we consume requires at least some water. The amount of water required – otherwise known as the water footprint – for a Thanksgiving meal may surprise you.

American Water surveyed about 2,000 people in September 2021 about their water footprint. In short, most responses indicated that survey participants underestimated their water footprint.

Item Survey expectation Actual water footprint
16-lb. turkey 158 gallons 4,688 gallons
Pecan pie 135 gallons 1,068 gallons
Pumpkin pie 135 gallons 458 gallons

 

 

 

 

This year, it might be worth adding water to your list of things to be grateful for as you gobble down that extra piece of pie.

Photo credit: Bochkarev Photography/Shutterstock

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