400000 Black Balls Save Los Angeles Reservoir

400000 Black Balls Save Los Angeles Reservoir
 The Department of Water and Power workers in Los Angeles, as well as local officials and community activists opened a white tub from where they poured 400,000 black colored balls into the water. So, the question is: was this an artwork, some kind of statement or attempt to pollute the water? The answer on all fronts is no – absolutely and categorically no. In fact, it is an action intended to protect the quality of L.A. drinking water and preventing it from becoming a health hazard. The water needs to be protected and in the shade because of its composition of bromate and chlorine – if exposed to large amounts of sunlight, it could cause a chemical reaction and in high levels can cause cancer. Last year, abnormally high levels of bromide were signaled, but specialists claimed that danger levels were low because people had to drink the water for a lifetime - even so, the chances of contracting cancer were minimal.

After the discovery of bromate, officials began to search for a method to shade the Ivanhoe and Elysian Reservoirs, but all suggested options would need time and a helluva lot of money. Instead, local government followed the advice of a DWP biologist who came with the idea to use these black plastic balls you see in the pictures.

400000 Black Balls Save Los Angeles Reservoir

400000 Black Balls Save Los Angeles Reservoir

400000 Black Balls Save Los Angeles Reservoir

400000 Black Balls Save Los Angeles Reservoir

400000 Black Balls Save Los Angeles Reservoir

400000 Black Balls Save Los Angeles Reservoir

120 comments:

  1. this made me fart cum out of my ass

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    1. beyond comprehension

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    2. If your defense this would have happened regardless

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    3. So you're saying you're a bottom. Good to know. Going straight in my journal, under the heading 'disgusting things gay men have said'.

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    4. Going to bed knowing I was not the only one. Kudos.

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    5. Oh chris, you dumabass homophobe

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    6. Fantastic.

      That is all.

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    7. Wait... how does stating that farting cum is disgusting qualify someone as a homophobe? He didn't even try to convince him to give up the cock!

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    8. What if the original poster was a woman and not a man? Nothing they said indicates they are of a specific gender.

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    9. Yeah this is fartblastingly beautiful. Very happy to not live in a place where the only lakes are obscured by ugly.

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    10. you one sick bastard and i believe you have a mental disorder. seek professional help

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    11. who said that?

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    12. 10/10 would cum again

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    13. Amazing! Was that in there all day or was it just good timing?

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    14. Mr. Santorum, is that you?

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    15. No, the name is Romney, learn it, love it, repeat it..

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    16. So my question "is this forum moderated" was just answered...

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    17. come again?

      no wait.....

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    18. You realize this is just one person talking to myself

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  2. my ocd requires me to arrange those balls uniformly

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  3. Brilliant! I love elegant problem solvers. Very impressive. Most of all because a public entity was capable of being persuaded to do it. :)

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    1. I wouldn't call it brilliant without an exhaustive study on possible chemical leaching from the balls. Plastic components tend not to be that great for human health either.

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    2. Do you really think they would just dump 400,000 balls in the river only to potentially cause a greater hazzard without research?

      I'm sure this information is on hands without having to do an exhaustive study.

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    3. They may be made out of the same material as the plastic pipes that bring the water to your house, removing the need for a study.

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    4. except that plastic is broken down by the suns light. The plastic pipes that bring water to you are underground. The balls are exposed, and as the sun breaks down their structure, boom... leaching chemicals.

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    5. Why not use white color? If you're trying to shade the water, white will reflect the most light, stay cooler than black, and have the longest longevity. Not trying to be racist...but why black?

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    6. The balls are exposed.

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    7. Except that water pipes are usually underground and not subject to prolonged sunlight exposure. YEEEEEHAWWWW!

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    8. I agree, white reflects the most light, although the cost may have been greater to do so. The cost of these solutions plays a key role in outlining the characteristics of implementation. The people that are well versed in water quality are familiar with potential pollutants and would certainly not introduce anything into the reservoir environment that would adversely change the toxicity of the water.

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    9. Common people, now they have tons of plastic that wont degrade. This idea is RETARDED.

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  4. That is frakkn' beautiful!

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    1. Maybe on Mars

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    2. You are out of your 'frakkn' mind

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  5. except the balls are made with BPA

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    1. California is the stupid.

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    2. "The black plastic balls were created in Allentown, Pennsylvania by Orange Products Inc. The balls were certified by the NSF International which certifies the safety of food, water, and consumer goods" -- Silver Lake Reservoir, Wikipedia.

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    3. Of course they're not. They're made from UV stabilized HDPE plastic, which is BPA-free.

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  6. Jesus saved the drinking water! God is good :-)

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    1. You are a freaking moron.

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    2. whats jesus have to do with this?

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    3. hahahaha my vagina can´t stop laughing at this

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    4. Why you so dumb?

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    5. Jeezy creezy won't save you, only your fellow man. And it's not looking so good.

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    6. Don't feed the troll imbeciles.

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    7. Poe's Law, people. Please look it up.

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  7. I haven't seen that many black balls since the time I snuck into an NBA locker room.

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  8. da Fuq did I just read ?

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  9. THE BALLS ARE PLASTIC PLASTIC LEACHES CARCINOGENS!! THIS ISNT VERY BRILLIANT AT ALL YOU A-HOLES

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    1. How does that make sense?

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    2. I don't wan't to drink water when it has been in contact with plastic.

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    3. I love when stupid people like you open their mouths. Let me guess, you're also anti-vaccines and a believe in crystalogy, ear candling, and other such nonsense, right?

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    4. YES LETS SCREAM BECAUSE THAT MEANS WE"RE RIGHT!!!

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    5. Please be more specific. I'm pretty sure we all drink water that is in contact with plastic.

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    6. Ear candling isn't quite as weird as the other things mentioned, ear candling is a great demonstration of physics!

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    7. it doesn't make a bit of difference, guys. the balls are inert.

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    8. it's practically impossible to drink water that HASN'T been in contact with plastics.... you'd have to find a spring up a mountain somewhere, and even then (given the natural water cycle) it's not guaranteed to have never touched plastic.

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  10. "Jesus saved the drinking water! God is good :-)"

    I really really hate you. So much.

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    1. I don't normally post on these random news boards, but I need to chime in. "Jesus saved the drinking water! God is good :-)"

      I really really hate you. So much.

      x2.

      The stupidity/ignorance of religious people..

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    2. You're not even worthy to clean the crusty dick cheese flakes from the holy ridges of Jesus' scrotum. (duck penis

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    3. I'm pretty sure that was ment as satire

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  11. I used to be a homeless rodeo clown but now I am a world class magician !

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    1. You, sir, made a very valid point!

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  12. in tomorrow's news:
    LA drinking water loaded with Bisphenol-A and other toxic compounds. Experts baffled.


    Plastics + heat = usually a bad thing to be mixing with drinking water

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    1. It's UV stabilized HDPE plastic, which is BPA-free and resistant to UV damage.
      The balls are also black to further prevent UV damange. There's no real concern with sunlight damage.

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  13. BELIEVE IN JESUS!

    GOD LOVES YOU!

    REDEEM YOURSELVES BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

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  14. God here. I can confirm that this was my idea.

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    1. Amen. Can I get some of your heavenly acid?

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  15. Wow, God is truly so great. He should be praised for giving humanity the ability to solve problems like this. Can you imagine how different our lives with be if we didn't have God's love and wisdom influencing our daily lives?

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    1. Our lives would be much better because we wouldn't have wars over which religion is right

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  16. these comments are gold jerry... black gold!

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  17. The LA River is actually a river?

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    1. Yeah, if count a sludge run that all the Mexicans dump their shit into.

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  18. looks like graphene!

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  19. Take a dump in my mouth

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    1. That's what I'm talking about!

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  20. anything is posible with gods never ending luv ffs!

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  21. all americans are obese

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    1. I agree that many are, obese, stupid, and overly and retardedly religious. But there are a few bubbles of sanity in this madness. Ie. Seattle Wa and Portland OR

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    2. Sooooo hipsters are the bubbles of sanity?

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  22. so because harmful chemicals are added to our water that can potentially cause cancer we now have to pay for 400,000 plastic balls to be made, monitored and maintained. Fuck that!

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  23. So now what happens when they find that the water is contaminated from the black plastic balls from baking in the sun and having a "plastic water bottle effect" on the water?

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  24. i would stick each and every one of those black balls into my anus

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    1. If you need any help, let me know. This type of stuff is right up my alley. Plus I have a ton of lube just sitting around

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  25. Praise Him and His holy guidance. :-)

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    1. reppin Satan up in this bitch nigga, burn and die as i piss next to u

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  26. How exactly do these black plastic balls protect the quality of L.A. drinking water and preventing it from becoming a health hazard?

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    1. No being black they will be more opaque and reflect less light through small gaps resulting in a greater level of shade below them (which is their intended purpose).

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  28. If only they could cut off the balls of all black people and toss them in the water. The world would be cleansed within 50 years.

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    1. Oh, So in Africa men just go swimming and clean the water?

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  29. some of the day, please tall me what the water smell?

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  30. Thank the lord, Jesus saved the drinking water.

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  31. Well, how about decomposing plastic, especially while being heated so much because of color?
    Also, the flora and fauna of this volume of water could be seriously damaged due to lack of light, oxygen (think of oil covering) and huge increase of temperature.

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    1. What flora and fauna? This is a reservoir.

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  32. I really really don't get it....is the balls supposed to protect the water from the sun? Like someone else already said, what about all the heat projected onto the balls which is in turn touching water LA drinks? Like I said, I just don't get it and the news article sucked at explaining the point of thousands and thousands of balls being released and the long term affect on LA peoples health. Ugh......

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    1. Its not the heat of the water, It's sunlight that's the problem and black absorbs more UV rays than white and therefor makes the water shadier.

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  33. this is perhaps one of the poorest ideas i have ever seen. Part of the chemical reaction that they are "concerned" about also has a bit to do with heat and the way water behaves. So the brilliant plan was to cover the water with black plastic balls? This is going to do 2 things right away, first it is going to heat up the surface layer of water, second it is going to interfere with the natural thermal currents in the water. Next they will add more chemicals to the drinking water, you know for "safety".

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    1. 1) It's a reservoir. There are no "natural thermal currents."
      2) Those balls are "...certified by the NSF International which certifies the safety of food, water, and consumer goods." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Lake_Reservoir#Environmental_issues

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  34. Bromate? Is that the result of prolonged bromancing?

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  35. Ha ha! LOL! All you religious jerkoffs... proselytising is a sin. You'll have Satan pushing those black balls up your asses until they pop out of your mouth for eternity.

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  36. This is amazing. Any idea what the cost of this was? The only issue I see is a strong possibility of overheating on the top layer of water, plus there's no natural light hitting the water which will likely change the chemistry of the water. Will be interesting to see a followup on this.

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  37. Hope those balls were BPA free...

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  38. quite silly. coz black balls will accumulate even more heat under direct sunlight than water. Accumulate and heat up water. genius.

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    1. Its not the heat that's the issue. Its sunlight.

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  39. brilliant, something that heats up the water, provides shade for insects and degrades in to the water.....eventually.

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  40. Another point, why this lake will get raising temperature even more with these balls - they (plastic balls) will block/prevents vaporing of water. For example, our body sweating to decrease body' temperature.

    Sorry my English - I am not native speaker.

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  41. Balls of steel.

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  42. That is sweet. Wonder who came up with that idea?

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  43. look how pathedic we humans are.

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  44. Brilliant. A practical and easy-to-manage solution.

    I hope someone was videoing this as the balls spread across the water. The photos show interesting changes of pattern in a crystal-like fashion across the surface of the reservoir.

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