Much like the better toilet campaign enacted by Beijing before the Olympics, Shanghai will be upgrading its public restrooms in time for the World Expo. The city has said it will clean up and renovate more than 5,200 public toilets to meet the “urgent needs” of roughly 70 million expected Expo visitors.
According to the Straits Times:
More than 500 new free toilets will also be installed before the five-month event starts on May 1, 2010, Ma said in an interview Monday on Shanghai state radio.
‘To offer free public toilets is only part of the whole work. It is also important to improve the service,’ Mr Ma was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper Tuesday. ‘Some of the toilets will offer medicine and sewing kits.’
More than 300 of the new toilets will be built around the Expo site and they will be supplemented by ‘mobile public toilets,’ he said.
For the sake of everyone who has shimmied around the street, overloaded bladder just dying to burst, let’s hope city officials aren’t talking out of their asses.