Houses, buildings to be fitted
with new flushing system
07/10/2003 The Sun
KUALA LUMPUR: All new houses and buildings must be installed with
toilet-flushing systems with a water capacity of not more than six litres in
a measure to reduce water wastage.
The new regulation was approved
by the cabinet last year and has been gazetted and enforced by local
authorities since June this year.
Buildings which fail to meet the
requirement will not be issued certificates of fitness, Housing and Local
Government Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said yesterday.
He said there is no reason not to
install the new system as a one-year trial period has been given.
A study found that Malaysians use
the toilet an average of seven times a day and with the conventional toilet,
between nine and litres of water goes down the drain every time it is
Considering the amount of treated
drinking water wasted for flushing toilets, the government decided last year
to have all new building installed with the six-litre capacity toilet
Existing buildings need only
change to the new system if they renovate of change their toilets.
Ong was speaking after launching
the World Habitat Day celebrations.
On the draft of the Common
Property Act aimed at regulating maintenance and management of high-rise
residential building such as flats and apartment, he said it is being
finalized by the attorney-general and is expected to be tabled in Parliament
World Habitat Day is celebrated
on the first Monday of October. The theme for this year is "Water and
Sanitation for Cities". In his speech earlier, Ong outlined the many
measures, taken by the government in creating good living environment for
the people especially urbanites.
Mainly due to rural urban
migration, the urbanisation rate has grown rapidly from 55.1% in 1995 to
81.8% in 2000 and could reach 66.9% in 2005.
This has increased the burden of
cities in providing adequate housing and clean sanitation for its urban