Six-star rating for toilets here

The clean toilet at Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre, which received a five star rating under the Happy Toilet programme. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
The clean toilet at Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre, which received a five star rating under the Happy Toilet programme. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Toilets across Singapore have a new benchmark to meet, with the Restroom Association (Singapore) declaring a new six-star rating for loos on World Toilet Day this Wednesday.

The association's president, Ms Tan Puay Hoon, 50, said at an event on Wednesday that the new rating would look for "adoption of technology" such as automated feedback systems and odour monitoring, as well as Workforce Skills Qualifications in all the cleaning attendants.

Toilets would have to attain a near-perfect score of 104 out of 108 to get six stars. Five-star toilets must achieve a score of 90.

The current toilet ratings, introduced by the Restroom Association (Singapore) with support from the National Environment Agency (NEA) in 2003, gives up to five stars to "those who have gone beyond the minimum acceptable standards to delight their customers", said the NEA website. Restroom operators can apply to be rated and this is renewed every year.

At an event to mark World Toilet Day on Wednesday, Ms Tan also discussed future plans such as a World Toilet Day forum for teachers and students to raise awareness of toilet hygiene, as well as a preschool programme on restroom etiquette.