This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.
• Don’t use running water to defrost food.
Turn off the tap and use the microwave to defrost food. Or better yet, pull it out of the freezer early and let it defrost in the refrigerator. Most kitchen faucets use 2.2 gallons per minute. If it takes five minutes to defrost that piece of meat, that’s 11 gallons. Multiply that by nightly dinner and that can add up to more than 4,000 gallons a year.
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