Beijing cleans up its toilets

Terbaru  28 Mei 2012 - 16:00 WIB
an attendant cleaning public convenience

A Chinese worker cleans up a toilet in Beijing.

Beijing city government has decreed that no public toilet should have more than two flies flying around at any one time.

This is just one of a series of new rules set by the authorities to improve the city's public toilets.

Reporter: Michael Bristow

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Six city departments have put their heads together to come up with the new rules. They cover cleaning, the use of equipment and training for attendants.

No public toilet should have more than two flies buzzing around - although the regulations don't state how that's to be checked. There's also an ordinance covering what's confusingly referred to as "discarded items". There should be no more than two of these left in any public convenience.

The new standards also detail how smelly a lavatory should be. Most people who've paid a visit to a Beijing public toilet, know at the moment they're very pungent indeed.

Of course, there is a serious side to these new regulations. Many people who live in the city's old neighbourhoods still don't have their own toilet and have no choice but to use public conveniences. For them, these rules might make an unavoidable daily necessity, a touch more palatable.

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put their heads together: bersama-sama membahas

attendants: petugas

buzzing around: beterbangan ke sana ke mari

regulations: peraturan

ordinance: kumpulan peraturan yang disahkan pemerintah

public convenience: WC umum

smelly: bau tidak sedap

paid a visit: masuk ke

pungent: bau yang sangat menusuk hidung

palatable: bisa diterima (rasa atau bau)

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