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[팟캐스트](137) 공공 화장실 위생 문제

By Ahn Sung-mi
  • Published : Mar 24, 2016 - 13:23
  • Updated : Mar 24, 2016 - 13:24

진행자: 이다영, Julie Jackson.

1. 공공 화장실 위생 문제

기사요약: 한국의 공공화장실을 사용하다 보면 휴지가 휴지통에 가득 쌓여 있는 모습을 자주 목격하게 된다. 화장실 안 휴지통이 악취발생, 위생에 문제를 일으킴에도, 휴지통은 사라지지 않는다. 오히려 사용한 휴지를 변기에 버리지 말라는 문구가 붙어 있는 경우가 많다. 하지만, 전문가들은 화장실용 휴지는 물에 쉽게 분해가 되기 때문에, 휴지 때문에 변기가 막힐 수 없다고 한다. 변기는 화장지가 아니라 음식물 쓰레기나 다른 큰 오염물질 때문에 막힌다고 전했다.



Unusual problems with Korean public toilets

[1] Many signs in bathroom stalls explain that the water pressure of the flushing system is low. Hence patrons are asked to toss wastepaper into a bin instead. However, according to Pyo Hye-ryeong, who heads a nongovernmental organization that advocates sanitary public bathroom facilities, water pressure is rarely a cause of clogging in public bathrooms in South Korea.

*bathroom stalls: 화장실 칸
*patrons: 고객
*instead: ~대신
*water pressure: 수압
*a cause of clogging: (변기) 막힘의 문제
*rarely: 드물게

[2] The practice of throwing out used toilet paper into trash cans began here in the late 1980s, after the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics, according to Baek Chung-yeop, an official at the Ministry of the Interior.

*practice: 관습, 습관, 관행
*throwing out: 버리다
*according to: ~에 따르면

[3] Before the Olympics here, nearly 70 percent of all public bathrooms in Seoul had squat toilets without plumbing systems, he said. “Very often the trash cans are not emptied frequently enough,” she said. “Sometimes they remain piled up in a closed space for more than 10 hours. Anyone with common sense wouldn’t think such an environment is in any way hygienic.”

*squat: 쪼그리고 앉다
*squat toilet: 좌변기
*plumbing systems: 배관설비
*piled up: 쌓여 있는
*closed space: 폐쇄된 공간
*empty: 비어있다, 비우다
*hygienic: 위생적인
*common sense: 상식
*environment: 환경

기사전문:http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160315000760