People gather to protest against the mass water shut-offs to Detroit citizens behind in their payments during a demonstration in downtown Detroit, Michigan July 18, 2014. (REUTERS/REBECCA COOK)
July 30, 2014
On Wednesday, July 30 at 19:30 GMT:
Denied access to water. That’s the reality for thousands of residents in the US city of Detroit who have had their water shutoff because of unpaid bills. The Detroit Water and Sewage Department says it has more than $90 million in overdue payments, but residents claim they’ve been unable to keep up with the 120 per cent increase in water costs. So, is water a basic human right and should it be turned back on for those residents? And in a city where 83 per cent of the population is black, what role does race play in the shutoffs? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.