Beijing’s latest toilet revolution enters the digital age
BEIJING is building 100 toilets with free Wi-Fi access this year, part of the city’s fifth “toilet revolution.”
The toilets, in the Tongzhou and Fangshan districts, will also have ATMs and charging facilities for cellphones and electric vehicles, said Ji Yang, an official with the capital’s administration and environment commission.
They will also have baby seats installed.
The estimated cost of each toilet is between 50,000 yuan (US$7,700) and 100,000 yuan, Ji told reporters.
Urinals for children and barrier-free facilities will be installed in the city’s existing toilets, together with ventilation and air conditioning systems to ensure a stable temperature of at least 12 degrees Celsius in winter and no higher than 30 degrees Celsius in the summer, he said.
Muddy floors, dirty squat toilets and waste paper litter are a common scene in China’s urban public toilets. But the latest toilet revolution is aimed at improving sanitation and service levels in the city over the next five years, Ji told a press conference last week.
Details will be included in a public toilet construction standard, which is expected to take effect in October.
With long queues common in women’s bathrooms in busy areas such as tourist spots and shopping malls, the new standards will scrap the original regulation of a 1:1.5 toilet ratio for men and women, allowing for more flexible arrangements.
In the past four toilet revolutions, which began in 1965, 1989, 1994 and 2002, the city eliminated pit toilets and fees for using the facilities while public toilets in alleyways were renovated.
By last year, there were 5.77 public toilets per 10,000 people in the city, higher than the national standard of four.(Source: Xinhua)