How Much Water Does it Take to Make Thanksgiving Dinner?

This time of year in America we gather with loved ones, share a meal and enjoy our time together. We often spend much of our day preparing for one of the largest and most glutinous meals of the year. We've all been there, too much food but so worth it. But with so much talk recently about how our water issues are on the rise it's a good idea to understand just how much water goes into all that you prepare for this festive day. 

Chicken vs. Beef 
Winner: Chicken
Beef requires over three times the amount of water that is needed to produce chicken. A whopping 1,847 gal./lb is necessary to produce beef vs. 518 gallons of water per pound that is required for producing chicken. Chicken is the clear winner when it comes to conserving water while getting your protein fix. 

Sweet Potatoes vs. Potatoes 
Winner: Unprocessed potatoes
At 34 gal./lb unprocessed potatoes are the winner. Sweet potatoes are too far off with 46 gal./lb. So if you're trying to decide what side dish to make for your feast, traditional mashed potatoes are a good way to go. 

Broccoli vs. Brussel Sprouts
Winner: Tie
Broccoli and brussel sprout both consume 34 gal./lb. Asparagus, on the other hand, use a tremendous amount of water to produce. Consuming 258 gallons of water per pound makes Asparagus one of the largest consumers of water in the vegetable family. 

Wine vs. Beer 
Winner: Beer
Beer requires 296 gallons of water to generate a gallon of beer while it takes 872 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of wine. Keep this in mind as you make your way through the holiday season. 

Interested in learning more information about your daily water consumption through food production? Check out the Water Footprint Network to learn more about how much water is consumed to produce the food we love. 

It's important to recognize that food production uses an enormous amount of water use globally. Food is vital to our existence on this planet, and therefore it's time to reexamine how to create more sustainable agriculture practices. One way food producers are looking to conserve water is through reuse technologies. There is a shift from just discharging treated water back into the environment to now treating it onsite. It can be more cost effective while helping to preserve community natural resources. Advanced technologies are now being utilized across the globe to help advance water sustainability practices. It's important to remember water is by far the most crucial component in sustaining life. 

Interested in learning more about advanced water treatment and reuse technologies? Contact us today to find out how we can help you conserve our most precious resource.