Cashing in on the call of nature

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 May, 2006, 12:00am

When Hong Kong's 18 district councils were asked to enter their toilets for a city-wide cleanliness contest, Wan Chai, Yau Tsim Mong, Kwun Tong and Yuen Long did not even bother.

The other 14 district councils, however, submitted 28 toilets for the contest organised by the Hong Kong Toilet Association (HKTA), Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and People's Health Actions, part of a campaign that aims to praise well-managed toilets and the hard work of their frontline cleaning staff, not to mention reminding the public about hygiene.

Those submitted include toilets renowned for their cleanliness, such as the ones in the Star Ferry car park in Central, Yee Kuk Street in Shamshuipo, Repulse Bay and Ngong Ping Road on Lantau Island.

From today until June 11, members of the public can vote for their favourite public toilet through the RTHK's website, while a panel of toilet experts headed by HKTA chairman Michael Siu Kin-wai and vice-chairman Lo Wing-lok will pick their favourites.

Mr Siu said the winning toilets should meet four criteria which are known as 'Cash' - an acronym for comfort, accessibility, safety and hygiene.

He said the design and hygiene of the city's public toilets had improved a lot in recent years.

'Some toilets here even have devices to remind you to do something such as flushing water,' Mr Siu said.

Voters are also encouraged to submit the address and a picture of any public toilet they believed needed urgent improvement.

'We will pass the information to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for follow up,' said the HKTA's Lo Wing-lok.