Pressing need to upgrade some public toilets The Standard

A public toilet in the Kwun Tong Promenade, where a new HK$50 million music fountain opened in April, should be upgraded immediately, according to an annual public toilet rating.

The Hong Kong Toilet Association inspected over 400 public toilets across the city, and yesterday announced the best and the "most urgent for an improvement" public toilets ahead of World Toilet Day tomorrow.

Public toilets in Kwun Tong Promenade, Cox's Road in Jordan and Yuen Long MTR Station are deemed to be in urgent need for improvement as they were found to have slippery floors and dirty toilet bowls. Dorothy Kung, treasurer of the Hong Kong Toilet Association, said the Kwun Tong toilet was resplendent when it was first established. However, its flushing system is in disrepair and the cubicles were covered with bullet hole-like marks.

Pressing need to upgrade some public toilets The Standard

The association awarded the toilet in Smithfield Municipal Services Building at Kennedy Town with this year's golden award as it was

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"neat and tidy, decorated with green plants."

It also praised toilet staffers at Smithfield for being diligent. The silver award goes to the public toilet at Yen Chow Street in Sham Shui Po, which was renovated last year and maintains its cleanliness despite being in an area with a high pedestrian flow. The bronze award goes to the public toilet at Gascoigne Road in Jordan for being fresh and clean.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department manages over 800 public toilets and 240 of them will undergo refurbishment or face-lifting work in phases from 2019-20 and 2023-24.

Under the program, work at 91 toilets has already commenced or been completed in the first two years.

The department will also launch a smart toilet pilot program and install devices at 10 public toilets from the third quarter of this year to monitor the facilities' daily operation and improve their service quality.