Los Angeles unleashes 96 million “Shade Balls” into its reservoirs to help conserve water

(Courtesy Las Virgenes Municipal Water District)

(Courtesy Las Virgenes Municipal Water District)

What appears to be an explosive invasion of tiny black orbs is actually one small part of the solution to Los Angeles’ four-year drought. Colloquially called “shade balls,” these 36 cent buoyant spheres are a part of a $34.5 million water quality protection project by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

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An Inland Beach for Los Angeles’ Silver Lake Neighborhood?

City Terrain, West
Monday, February 3, 2014

Thanks to new EPA regulations, Silver Lake is saying goodbye to it reservoir. But resident Catherine Geanuracos hopes the community will soon be saying hello to something new: a body of water repurposed for recreation, complete with lap lanes, an open swim area, and a miniature beach.

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