A Day In The Life: Living Without Clean Water

A Day In The Life: Living Without Clean Water

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Details

Location

County Derry

Year

2005

Date

Production 06/10/2005

Length

23min 06sec

Audio

sound

Format

DVC

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

The Wileys, a family of six, have lived without access to clean water for more than eleven years. Their daily routine requires them to source water from their water tank first thing in the morning and to depend on help from their friends to do laundry and other chores. 

One might assume it is a statutory obligation for the water service to supply everyone with drinking water, however, it is not the case. It is estimated that around 5 to 6000 people in Northern Ireland are not connected to water mains and do not have access to clean water. This is disproportionately affecting people living in rural areas such as the Wileys. Inequalities such as these have an adverse effect on people‚Äôs health, both physical and mental wellbeing. In this programme, Iona Wiley tells the story of her struggle for clean water, the obstacles overcome and hopes for a better future.

Credits

Wiley family
William Duddy
Eamon McCann
Niall Fitzduff
Dr Smithson
Ken Murphy
Mary Hamilton
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