LOS ANGELES, CA - It takes a lot of balls to handle a big problem. That's exactly how Los Angeles is getting around to dealing with their massive drought problem, by dumping millions of black plastic balls into the city's drinking water. These shade balls could be the solution LA needs to keep their precious water from drying up.
City officials unleashed 96 million shade balls into the water supply in hopes that shiny black objects can shield all 175-acres of the Los Angeles reservoir surface from the sun. Los Angelenos are hoping that covered water, is conserved water. According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, "By reducing evaporation, these shade balls will conserve 300 million gallons of water each year. instead of just evaporating into the sky. That's 300 million gallons to fight this drought."
The balls have a 4 inch diameter, are hollow, and are made from plastic covered with carbon to block out UV light. They not only shade the water, but also protects the reservoir from dust, rain and algae growth. And at 36 cents each, these balls are a bargain! LA's saving its water, while saving its money. We'll drink to that!