The Straits Times
Published on Oct 02, 2012

Defective prefabricated loos in Sengkang causing a stink

HDB replacing defective Sengkang toilets, but works could take till 2015


About 1,000 families in Sengkang will be getting their toilets replaced after they began experiencing problems with their prefabricated ones.

Odours, bumpy floors and poor drainage were among the complaints of residents in 10 blocks in Compassvale Link - namely, 267A and 267B, 268A to 268D, and 269A to 269D. But these homes have some waiting to do as the replacement exercise could take till 2015.

The Housing Board on Monday attributed the problems to the fibre-reinforced plastic toilet floors, which had deteriorated from water seeping into them.

A spokesman added that fibre-reinforced plastic is no longer used to make floors in new flats; the HDB has replaced it with ferrocement (a mixture of cement and sand) or concrete as the material for prefabricated toilets since 2006. The affected flats were built in 2004.