Plastic Balls Cover Reservoir to Protect it From Sunlight

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power dropped the ball ... literally! They dumped over 400,000 small plastic balls into the Ivanhoe Reservoir in order to protect the drinking water supply:

The water needs to be shaded because when sunlight mixes with the bromide and chlorine in Ivanhoe's water, the carcinogen bromate forms, said Pankaj Parekh, DWP's director for water quality compliance. Bromide is naturally present in groundwater and chlorine is used to kill bacteria, he said, but sunlight is the final ingredient in the potentially harmful mix. [...]

A tarp would have been too expensive and a metal cover would take too long to install, especially in a year of drought. So one of the DWP's biologists, Brian White, suggested "bird balls," commonly used by airports to prevent birds from congregating in wet areas alongside runways.

Francisco Vara-Orta of the Los Angeles Times has the story: Link (with video)

(Photo: Irfan Khan / LA Times)

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DOJ, i thought the exact same thing... wtf

and i agree... cause there isnt already enough plastic and other chemicals in our water, this just makes sure of it?
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why did they use black balls? white balls would've kept the water cooler by reflecting sunlight, and i assume white plastic lasts longer in sunlight compared to black plastic.
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Now they just have to worry about the sunlight causing chemicals to leach from the plastics. But who doesn't want a bit more xenoestrogen in their drinking water?
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@clinton robert labombard :
The reason that those chemicals are in the water is because the LADWP stores their water treated. There are no fish to kill in those particular reservoirs. This will actually reduce chlorine usage because the lack of sunlight will reduce the number of algal blooms thus, less treatment is needed to keep the water clean. An no the balls won't biodegrade , that's the point, they will just be collected later or left in the reservoir. This is just a quick solution for the need to cover the reservoir.
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