BEIJING: Authorities in China are looking to wipe out dingy public toilets with proposed rules to limit the number of flies, 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 square meter will be allowed in toilets within buildings, while in free-standing facilities three flies per square meter are permitted.
The proposed rules also set standards for design, layout and management of public toilets, including classifications for odors. Authorities in Beijing last year unveiled new rules stipulating that the city’s public toilets should contain no more than two flies — apparently a more exacting standard than the Health Ministry regulations released this week.