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October 21, 2010

By Jennifer Chaky

One flush or two? The simple, inexpensive dual-flush HydroRight toilet kits let you choose. One button gives a light flush for liquids and paper, and the second button a regular flush for, well, solids.

This dual-flush technology has been used in Europe and Australia for decades and has reduced water usage by 30% but American toilets lag behind in water efficiency. Many of them use 2-5 gallons of water per flush! That’s clean, usable drinking water that we are literally flushing down the toilet. Dual-flush toilets are available but they are pricey. If you are not ready to purchase a whole new commode, this kit is the answer.

I have become pretty knowledgeable about the inner workings of my toilet. Up until I found this kit, I used to keep a 2 gallon bucket in the shower to catch the water that ran as I was waiting for the water to warm up. I dumped the water in the back of the tank when I flushed, helping the tank fill up faster. Since I was familiar with the simple mechanics in the tank, this kit was super easy to install. You simply remove the old flapper and handle (the chain thingy with the rubber stopper) and slip the unit right over the tube that rises up in the middle of the tank, and install the new dual-flush button in place of the handle. For 25 bucks, this kit will pay for itself in water savings–not to mention the good feeling of having control over how much water you send down the pipes!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2010 2:12 pm

    I love the HydroRight! I have installed several of them now and it’s so easy. I wish I heard of this earlier! Nothing better than saving money while conserving water!

  2. andyparks109 permalink
    October 26, 2010 3:02 pm

    We live in Tewksbury Township and installed the HydroRight earlier this summer, when we were making some updates and improvements to our home. Not only are these products effective and inexpensive, we did not need any special tools, nor did we need to remove our tank. We simply read the directions, and my wife even took to the internet to find how-to videos on the company’s corporate website ( In all, it took about 1 hour to install 3 units in our home, and we are very pleased!

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