Why two flushing choices are better than one
by Ron Rothenberg, 4 Buyers Real Estate
Israel may be the land flowing with milk & honey, but it’s not the land flowing with fresh water. The country faces chronic water shortages, and you can see innovative methods of conserving water everywhere.
On a recent trip there I noticed that almost all the toilets in the country were dual-flush toilets, toilets where you can manually choose the water volume for each flush. You can choose a smaller flush for liquids and paper, or a full flush for solids. There’s usually a round flush button divided into two parts – the larger part for the larger flush, though I’ve seen conventional toilet handles that you lift up for the smaller flush, press down for the larger.
This type of toilet has been around for the last 30 years, but I’ve only rarely seen any in the US. They’re now used universally in Australia and in other water-short countries.
I started to look for dual-flush toilets here and found only a very small selection. Most were expensive and didn’t have many of the more popular toilet features. You can find a good selection from the Australian company, Caroma and a smaller selection from my favorite toilet manufacturer, Toto Toilets.
I also found several dual-flush adapters that allowed you to simply add dual-flush to a conventional toilet.
I installed the Hydroright Dual-Flush adapter on both of my toilets. The conversion kit costs about $20 and is available at most hardware stores.