A civic group in Singapore has launched the LOO Campaign (Lets Observe Ourselves) and is striving through public awareness to make 70% of the city’s 30,000 public restrooms at least “three-star” clean by 2013.
The campaign comes on the heels of a survey conducted by the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS), a non-profit organization founded in 1998 and dedicated to promoting the cleanliness, design and functionality of public toilets in Singapore.
The survey revealed that only 500 of the island’s public toilets were satisfactory in terms of providing amenities such as soap and toilet paper and lack of odor.
“For us, toilet etiquette reflects Singaporean culture. It tells people how civilized we are… We are a First World country and we want a gracious society to reflect that,” said RAS President, Tan Puay Hoon.
The recent unveiling of the 70-page report on public restrooms spelled out the stipulations necessary for the different toilet ratings. Under the RAS Happy Toilet Programme, a four-star toilet should have a diaper changing station or urinal for children and a five-star should feature eco-friendly features such as water-saving taps.
The RAS said it would also distribute packets of pocket tissues with restroom etiquette messages as part of the public awareness program urging users to adopt proper restroom behavior.
Some fifty years ago, a Texas man had his toilet rigged so that it would play “The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You” every time it flushed.
So take heed, Singapore. The eyes of the RAS are upon YOU, urging you to do your best.
Here’s to a squeaky clean and royal flush for all!