The Straits Times
Published on Dec 10, 2012

Flushing out an automatic waste


AUTOMATIC flushing toilets are a common sight in public restrooms because they are supposedly user-friendly and increase the hygiene standard and cleanliness of our toilets. But I find them unnecessary and an unwelcome annoyance.

First, the sensors are ultra-sensitive and prompts flushing before a user is done; not a pleasant experience when one is seated on a toilet bowl. In fact, it can be traumatic for children who are being potty-trained because it comes as a shock and increases their resistance to the use of public restrooms.

Second, auto-flushing wastes water and electricity because it usually flushes more than required.

Third, more often than not, a user has to re-flush because of premature flushing.

Properly educated, users do not need to let the auto-flush do their job of cleaning up. Therefore, auto-flush toilets are actually more of a bane than a boon.

Foo Ling Fang (Miss)