The Straits Times
Published on Feb 22, 2013

China proposes to flush out flies in public toilets


BEIJING (AFP) - Authorities in China are looking to wipe out dingy public toilets with proposed rules to limit the number of flies and flush away bad smells, Beijing said.

Public toilets in China are generally badly maintained, particularly at public transport locations.

But draft regulations released by the health ministry this week say no more than one fly per sq m will be allowed in toilets within buildings, while in free-standing facilities three flies per sq m are permitted.

The proposed rules also set standards for design, layout and management of public toilets, including classifications for odours.