Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?


This unusual sight is like nothing we have ever seen before. And no, it’s not a giant ball pit!

In fact the water below is as deep at 50 ft.

These black balls are in fact call “shade balls” and they serve multiple purposes, such as to reduce evaporation and to deter algae growth.

The hope is also that they will save water in the midst of the worst drought in California history.

The reservoir can hold up to 3.3 billion gallons of water, which is enough to supply the whole city with drinking water for approximately three weeks.

To find out more about why the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power released 96 million of these balls on to the Los Angeles Reservoir, watch the video below which explains it all.