1,000's Of Shade Balls Being Dumped Into LA Reservoir

August 13, 2015


This is a video of a tractor trailer dumping its load of shade balls into a Los Angeles water reservoir. Shade balls are plastic balls that have been colored with pure black carbon to prevent sunlight from penetrating the water and causing hazardous chemical reactions with the chlorine and bromide, as well as helping to prevent evaporation. 96-million of the balls are already floating in LA reservoirs, and are expected to save the city $250-million, and more than 300-million gallons of water that would have been lost due to evaporation. Sadly, as a result of the project, every six seconds a child injures themselves after jumping into an empty ball pit at Chuck E Cheese.

Hit the jump for the video.

  • too much shade, not enough balls

  • Scooter

    OK all you black ball naysayers... go take a dark colored ball and leave it in the sun for a while. Then go pick it up and feel how hot it is on the shady side. If you found that it is not very hot, then probably these balls aren't going to heat up the water. If you found it to be very hot, then did the experiment wrong...

  • dougfunnay

    better plan would be to not have tens of millions of people living in a god damned desert

  • Fake!!!!

    This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

    This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where max stole a suit out if a house, and when he put it on it made him really small, so he ended up breaking back into the house to return the suit.

  • TheQiwiMan

    If someone once thought this was funny many years ago, that does not mean it will be funny every time. Protip for your health.

  • Andrew Newton


  • shashi

    BREAKING NEWS: Roving dust storms are ravaging the west coast. Critics blame the black balls causing a lack of moisture in the air and your mum

  • Forgoten Null

    I understand how this can prevent chemical reactions, but I'm kinda iffy on how this prevents evaporation in any way shape or form.

    Ok, so you put black balls on top of the water in order to keep the sun from hitting it, so the sun isn't heating up the water directly. But now the sun is heating up the black balls instead, and then the black balls are gonna heat up the water and cause it to evaporate.

    The only thing I can think of is if the balls are reflective and reflect the sun away, thus not absorbing heat. But they're black, the color that absorbs the most sunlight possible. I guess they're a bit shiny, but they don't seem to be nearly as reflective as the water is.

    I mean, wouldn't it make more sense to design them so that they are white on top and black on the bottom? Instead of being all black and just absorbing the maximum amount of heat from the sun possible with the material.

    I don't know, maybe I'm just confused. If someone wants to explain to me how I'm being stupid, then feel free.

  • AmselZephlyn
  • GeneralDisorder

    I remember reading about these before and I thought that shade balls were to prevent algae blooms in the water supply, not so much evaporation.

    Maybe it also helps prevent UV light getting to the concrete? Would that even matter? I don't know the answer to that.

  • Skyinferno

    So... wait... now there is 300 million gallons of water not being allowed into the atmosphere anymore? Yeah, no repercussions in sight...

  • Squirreltakular

    Something tells me the amount released by that ocean immediately adjacent to Los Angeles makes this amount statistically irrelevant.

  • Skyinferno


  • MustacheHam

    I'm very sure that the workers have pondered on how joyous it would of been just to hop in the back of that truck. Ya' know...a truck sized ball pit.

  • DeathBotGamma

    @23 seconds a fellow steals one.

  • Billy Avenue

    and then pretends it's a cellphone

  • Andrew Newton

    all those balls touching.... gaaaaaaay

  • shashi
  • Melanie

    The Kardashians heard there were black balls, prepare for a stampede

  • Xockszky

    What a good idea! At the risk of sounding like a hippy, California is almost all out water and taking steps like this partially to prevent evaporation is a good idea. Of course, I've seen real hippies complaining on Facebook that they're "polluting the water supply with plastic" or some crap. haha.

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