Written by: Huang Yongyu
2019-12-05 13:44Last updated: 2019-12-05 13:44
On November 19th, World Toilet Day, the Hong Kong Toilet Association inspected the toilet levels in 18 districts of Hong Kong and visited more than 100 districts. The Association announced today (5th) the list of the best public toilets in Hong Kong in 2019, of which Tsim Sha Tsui East Public Transport Interchange won the gold medal.
Xiong Zhiquan, vice president of the association, pointed out that the overall situation of public toilets still has many deficiencies, including bad smells and slippery floors. Among them, the public toilets in Beihe Street Market are even more "packaged", describing them as "unusually bad." The Association recommends that the government set up a public toilet working group as soon as possible to comprehensively supervise the design, construction and maintenance of renovation projects.
Xiong Zhiquan (middle), vice president of the association, pointed out that although the public toilets at Beihe Street Market were located in the cooked food center, they were "smelly stinking." (Photo by Huang Yongyu)
Inspection of more than 160 public toilets at Tsim Sha Tsui East Interchange
The Hong Kong Toilet Association previously reviewed the toilet standards of the 18 districts in Hong Kong based on the four criteria of comfort, smoothness, safety and hygiene, and visited more than 160 toilets in more than 100 districts.
The winner of the gold medal was the newly built public toilet at the Tsim Sha Tsui East Public Transport Interchange. The inside facilities are newer and will play music to remind users to keep clean. The public toilets at Song Kok Street in Tai Kok Tsui and Canal Road in Wan Chai won silver and bronze awards, respectively.
Poor public toilets in Lan Guifang, Nelson Street, and Beihe Street
However, Xiong Zhiquan, vice president of the association, pointed out that many problems were found during the inspection, including bad smell, slippery floors, and damaged toilets. He also criticized several public toilets, including public toilets at Lan Kwai Fong, Nelson Street, and Beihe Street Market in Sham Shui Po. He described that although the public toilets at Beihe Street Market were located in cooked food centres, they were "stinky."
Secretary Cui Miaoying (left) added that some of the newly refurbished toilet facilities and sanitation were not satisfactory. (Photo by Huang Yongyu)
Partially refurbished toilets rough by hand
Secretary Cui Miaoying also added that she inspected nearly 15 newly refurbished toilets, but most of the facilities and hygiene were not satisfactory. She mentioned that although the refurbishment of the public toilets at the Tiaojingling Public Transport Interchange was completed in July, during the inspection in October, the toilet flushing system in the 5 compartments of the women's toilets was broken. The water leaked out of the urn "; the liquid dispenser in the men's toilet was also broken. She also pointed out that most of the refurbished public toilets were rough by hand, "the floor was made oblique, and the water leaked to the exit, so it was accumulated."
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The association advocates the introduction of female urine pockets. (Photo by Huang Yongyu)
Proposed establishment of public toilet working group to promote the introduction of female urine pockets
Xiong Zhiquan also criticized that the government allocated 600 million yuan to renovate 240 old public toilets last year, which took 5 years. Only 48 can be completed every year in disguise. It is inferred that it would take 16 years or more to refurbish and rebuild 798 public toilets in Hong Kong. The Association recommends that the government set up a public toilet working group as soon as possible to comprehensively supervise the design, construction and maintenance of renovation projects.
The Association also mentioned that the waiting time for women's toilets is long, and the "queuing party" has repeatedly appeared. It has proposed the introduction of female urine pockets to solve the problem of queuing. Xiong Zhiquan explained that the ratio of men's and women's toilets in Hong Kong is 1 to 1.5, which is far behind Shanghai's ratio of 2.5. "New public toilets can be changed, but old toilets are difficult to change due to their structure and space." He said that women's urinals can help solve the problem , Many European countries have been introduced to use.
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