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Millions of Shade Balls Pour Into the Los Angeles Reservoir to Conserve Water Amidst Drought

On his cue of “balls away,” Mayor Eric Garcetti released the final 20,000 shade balls into the reservoir on Monday in the city’s effort to conserve water and maintain the reservoir’s water quality. Los Angeles is the first city in the country to use shade balls to preserve its water.

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A fun Friday video. The city of Los Angeles has a chemistry problem. There are high amounts of bromine in several reservoirs that supply the city with water and when bromide and chloride (salt) ions react with sunlight, they form bromate, a carcinogen to humans. The city’s solution? Spending tens of millions of dollars on plastic balls that block sunlight out of the reservoirs. They also cut down on evaporation, saving hundreds of millions of gallons of water per year. Here’s a gigantic truck filled with plastic balls being dumped into a reservoir near L.A..

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The city of Las Angeles is fighting its drought problem by filling its reservoir with millions of plastic balls. The “shade balls” will prevent water from evaporating, saving an estimated 300 million gallons of water from evaporating each year.

Alternatively, if just ½ of the population of L.A. went vegan, it would save over 425 billion gallons of water each year.

(A vegan diet uses 600 gallons less per day than the Standard American Diet. Population of L.A.= 3.884 million. ½=1.942 million x 600 x365= 425.298 billion).

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PROTECCCION DEL AGUA EN LOS ANGELES. El agua fluye hacia el embalse de Los Angeles, que ha sido cubierto con más de 90 millones de pelotas de plástico negro en la zona de Sylmar de Los Ángeles, California, el miércoles 12 de agosto de 2015. La ciudad ha completado un programa de cubrir los depósitos al aire libre con la “sombra flotante"para proteger la calidad del agua. Las bolas de plástico de 4 pulgadas de diámetro bloquean la luz solar  e impide que penetre la superficie de 175 hectáreas de la reserva, en prevención de reacciones químicas que pueden causar la proliferación de algas y otros problemas. (AP / Damian Dovarganes)

Why shade balls aren’t such a great idea after all

So while they are preventing the creation of one carcinogen they are leaching potentially toxic material and breaking down into micro bits of plastic which will be causing trouble for all of us for a very long time.

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(via LA Dumps Millions of Plastic Balls in City Reservoir to Protect Water)

Shade Balls is totally the name of my new band. Our first single will be “LA Dumps,” which will be on our album titled Hollering Out My Opinions in honor of electradaddy, who will be the band’s drum major. Because my rock band is going to have a drum major. That’s just how cool my band is. Because we have shade balls! 

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Los Ángeles sufre una de las peores sequías de su historia. La escasez de agua asola al estado más rico del país desde hace cuatro años.  La última medida del alcalde de la ciudad, Eric Garcetti, ha consistido en cubrir los principales embalses de Los Ángeles con una capa de millones de pequeñas bolas de plástico. El objetivo es proteger el agua de la luz del sol para evitar su evaporación. Las pelotas, denominadas Shade balls, tienen un diámetro de 10 centímetros y son completamente huecas. Son de plástico, de color negro y fabricadas en la ciudad por 36 centavos cada una. Al cubrir la totalidad de la superficie del agua, forman una capa que evita la evaporación por el calor del sol. Además, protegen el agua del polvo, la lluvia, los animales y las reacciones químicas causadas por el sol. (AP)

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Millions Of ‘Shade Balls’ Protect LA’s Water During Drought. Los Angeles can’t make it rain, but it can shield its precious water with “shade balls” 96 million of them to be exact.For months, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has been releasing the black plastic balls to float on the surface of the 175-acre Los Angeles Reservoir in a massive drought relief project. The final 20,000 went in on Monday, with some assistance from LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

By deflecting UV rays, the opaque spheres are expected to protect more than 300 million gallons of water from evaporating in Southern California’s harsh sunlight every year. LADWP was the first utility company to use this technology to protect water, according to a press release from Garcetti.

“In the midst of California’s historic drought, it takes bold ingenuity to maximize my goals for water conservation,” the mayor said. “This effort by LADWP is emblematic of the kind of creative thinking we need to meet those challenges.”

Besides slowing evaporation, the shade balls prevent sunlight from triggering a dangerous reaction between bromite, a chemical occurring naturally in groundwater, and the chlorine used to disinfect the water. When sunlight interacts with those two chemicals, Plastic News explains, the suspected carcinogen bromate is formed.