Dual flush makes sense to me

Dual flush makes sense to me

I went shopping for a new toilet over the weekend. I'm including a bathroom in my basement finishing project that will include a shower, sink and toilet. Bathroom plumbing solutions in 2009 should include a nod toward water savings so I'm trying to do my part.

I'm not a plumber. Cincinnati has plenty of those, but I can seat a toilet and install the sink plumbing and the shower drain. I'll hire Roto-Rooter to handle the other plumbing services, such as running the copper water supply lines. I visited both Home Depot and Lowe's yesterday and was surprised that neither had a dual-flush toilet for sale on the floor. Special order only? That was not clear.  

Dual-flush toilets usually have two flush buttons. One for urine that uses only half the toilet's flushing capacity, using half the water of the other button, which handles, uh, er...solids. That button uses the toilet's full power and water capacity to do the job. Manufacturers claim a family of four can save anywhere from 6,000 to 14,000 gallons of water a year by switching to dual-flush toilets. So why is it so hard to find one in the nation's two biggest home improvement stores?

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