Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?
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these are shade balls they’re being dumped into this water reservoir in Los Angeles and contrary to what you may have heard their main purpose is not to reduce evaporation so what are they really for? To find out I am visiting the largest collection of these balls anywhere on Earth at L.A. reservoir 96 million shade balls. That’s correct. 96 million it’s very rare for you to see 96 million of anything This is your life vest which you are required to wear. Alright. Throw your leg over and climb on in anyway you can there you go. Thank you looking at this I had so many questions. Like why are they black? Are they safe to have in drinking water? How much do they cost? Do they actually reduce evaporation? And what is their real purpose? is it hard to drive in shade balls. It is very hard. Why is that? These are actually partially filled with water the reason they’re filled with water is that in L.A reservoir we have some really high winds and so if we didn’t put water in these things there’d be balls bouncing on the 5 freeways people would drive down they’d be all over the place so these keep the balls in the reservoir and if they do start to roll they kinda wobble because of water makes them uneven but that makes them significantly difficult to push out of the way especially when they form close-packed crystal like structures behind the boat the balls quickly come together in our wake and some close to the motor are pulled along with boat wow did you what did you think the first time they suggested doing this or when it first came in yeah it was a little out there. did you think they were nuts? No, not nuts it just like. It looks absurd It’s like we’re in the world’s biggest ball pit yeah right that’s what it looks like you can’t tell by standing here that we’re actually floating over I think it’s probably 40 50 feet right here, 40 50 feet deep below us and you can’t even see any water you’d think it was a joke. Right? if you didn’t know. You’d would be like no you’re not that’s like a green screen or something alright yeah it’s fake so like when i switch on my tap at home is the water coming from here? Yes. Sometimes, or always. Most of the times Most of the time the water is coming from here, absolutely nuts so why is LA reservoir covered in shade balls? the problem all started with Bromide Bromide is a naturally occurring substance associated with salt water and so normally places like the California aqueduct that comes down from the delta you get some salt water intrusions we have some bromide in the water bromide is harmless and it’s almost impossible to remove and when you disinfect the water with ozone, that bromide becomes bromate and bromates are carcinogenic and so around year 2000 they wrote regulations regulating bromate and the regulations basically said if you have a treatment plant that uses ozone then you have to watch bromate to be careful not to form to much so the only place we ever measured bromate was in our filter plant and the results were always within 10 micrograms per liter limit set by regulators so they were confused when they got a call from one of their customers a beverage company in L.A they said we have some really high levels of bromate showing up are you aware of this? and we said well we don’t show anything but between the filtration plant and the customer was the reservoir so they did some tests almost immediatly upon coming into this open reservoir the bromate levels jumped it turned that bromide with chlorine which is supposed to be safe in bright sunlight form bromate even more than ozone and so we made this unfortunate scientific discovery that actually wasn’t a part of any regulatory scheme and so here we are at reservoir we have water source that’s got bromide in it harmless we have chlorine, we have to have disinfected water, we have sunlight because it is open the only choice we have is to remove sunlight so we looked at all sorts of things we looked at floating tarps across the water and normally we put a floating cover on the water but that’s a multi-year project and so we said can’t we manufacture kind of trampoline with poly like PVC pipe they’re just gonna become bird perches, it’ll have a big water quality problem and so we knew we had high density polyethylene pipe which is used in the water industry and we know that it floats and we at one point thought about can we get to float a pile of pipe across the surface well that’s hard to do and very expensive because it’s a lot of material so maybe we could take some pipe and run it through a chipper and we can make a debris field across the surface like the back corner of a lake somewhere but in anyhow all this mushy warm water with plastic floating on the top that sounds like a petri dish and so lo and behold Dr Brian White did some research and he found the shade ball except they weren’t called shade balls at the time this product existed and they were called bird balls and they’d use it on ponds that had mine tailings where they didn’t want waterfowl to go in and get poisoned and also around airports where there were ponds and they wanted to keep the waterfowl off so that they didn’t take off and get into the jet engines

100 thoughts on “Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

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  2. Sorry, maybe I’m still in kindergarten. All I heard was balls bouncing all over the hwy. can we agree as a world to call balls spheres or something!? I’m tierd of laughing and feeling immature every time someone sais balls. He’s biting and chewing the balls now. COME ON , I can’t take it anymore!!

  3. lets listen to the hippydippy dip shits, its a reservoir, lets just remove the human population instead ,a world war in America would be a good start, get rid of all the human detritus no more planting conifers for profit convincing half wits its good for the lungs of the planet and banning meat products will save the world whilst plant based consumption will (killing all the pollinators ) try basing your criticisms with answers you single digit IQ idiots at least someone is trying right or wrong armchair idiots

  4. if each ball theoretically cost 1 dollar to make, thats 96 million dollars well spent!!! Could it be possible and cheaper to separate bromate from chlorine with high voltage electrodes? Liberals in California should know that the black color balls will absorb heat and cause global warming quicker.

  5. No PBA?
    Hazards. Bisphenol A is found in the hard plastic bottles many people use every day. It can imitate the body's hormones, and it can interfere with the production, secretion, transport, action, function, and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can behave in a similar way to estrogen and other hormones in the human body .

  6. Is it just me or did it sound like someone was behind your right ear at 0.24 secn'ds in( IF you're wearing earbuds & not using a speaker or shytty earphones)?
    I'm going along listening & hear him talking & narrating in both ears while I'm watching but then…out of the blue, hear "erWHAaatt" or some shyt & was like what the heck…??

    I actually thought(4a brief secn'd) someone was actually behind me on my back right side, huha! Talk about 'super-surround sounding' or 'ultra-stereo'd' in its audio effects!(that he obviously added later).

  7. Next time you get the "urge" to Gamble & play your State's Powerball Lottery(etc)., you're looking at your actual "'ODDS"' OF WINNING! Out of 96+ MILLION & many State's "Ultra" 'Powerball' Lotteries fall withing the ranges of 1 in a 100 MILLION(& EVEN MORE!), give or take depending on the State, Powerball, or State's "Ultra-Lottery(s)".

    Just rem'ber to "refer back to your Mind's mental Memory & Image of ALL THESE "Birdballs/Black balls" that are floating on Acres & Acres of area in LA's entire water reservoir & the FACT that your Odds of Winning are you are that "'Sole "'ONE..out of…all these balls" -( w/the balls representing all the Losers! ..like some of you out there find yourselves, time & time again.
    😣😦😧

    You're just better off saving your hard earned $ & REALIZING your chances of being a "black ball"(ie., another sucker & non-winner who funds Other Ppl's pockets) looks like THIS!

    And that "Sole One" who's NOT A black ball is like throwing a Red Ball "somewhere in there", then mixing & mixing & mixing them all a'rnd for a few months & waiting..only to come back & "blind-foldedly" reach in, paying your $ for every "Chance" at coming up in your hand with that ONE, RED BALL!

    So, that's basically what your STUPID LOTTERIES 'LOOKS LIKE' FOR ALL OF YOU GAMBLERS AT SUCH "SUCKER'S LOTTERIES"! -Like the "Powerball" being just 1 Example!

    Seriously though!!😩..Sorry, but its sad but true😆..😜

  8. Did you count them all? Otherwise, how can you be sure? Also, you all are dirtying it up with that boat. I wouldn't want to drink that, and whose job is it to fill all those balls with water?

  9. this is the stupidity of Cal.  instead of building a small factory  and a small machine to make these at a slower pace…they bought them all and then tell the secret about them and how to make them … they could have started small and had 4 or 5 people running the factory ,,then grew as other counties , states and countries bought them and could employ some of the people of Cal… but in stead .. they blow 31 million on some balls (that will have to be replaced again in the future )… and you better believe a factory in china is going to start making these in the near future and Cal. will buy them from them,, and the Chinese don't really care if they kill you or not …. and the bottom line is …GURSS WHOS GOING TO PAY FOR THOSE BALLS? yep… it will be added to your already crazy high  water bill   ….. GREAT JOB AGAIN LIBERALS OF CAL…. just do crazy stuff and don't care ,,because the people will pay .. one way or another

  10. We made that discovery ( we the riches have been drinking san pelligrino anyway) and kept you taxpayer half healthy long enough not to be a cost for the prison you call life

  11. Bromide is not harmless. Bromide and Iodine are "cousin" halides. Both are in competition at our Iodine receptor sites. Unhealthy Bromide is flooding into our bodies, its healthy cousin Iodine is trickling in. Without Iodine we will have more Thyroid, Breasts, Prostate AND Ovarian disease. Its happening

  12. Everything they said could've been said on land. Let's run a gas boat in this water that people drink. Also why did it takes so long to figure out is this only in la? Yeaa something else in that water prob that's why the birds want no parts.

  13. Shitty Youtubers!! The media we're talking about this more than 5 years now! Idiot YouTubers will do anything pathetic to get some views

  14. Just a thought…black absorbs heat. That said, it would accelerate evaporation. Why were the balls not white, to reflect the sun?

  15. This whole thing makes me uncomfortable. These will end making things worse, then end up in a landfill. At that point the cycle of bad bureaucratic ideas will be complete with the opposite result from what they hoped.

  16. So let me get this straight. They filled up their reservoir with black balls but then got worried that the black balls might get too hot which would make them leak so they wanted blue balls instead?

  17. California has an interesting relationship with carbon black..
    https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/chemicals/carbon-black-airborne-unbound-particles-respirable-size

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