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LA's "Shade Balls" Have Actually Worked

LA's "Shade Balls" Have Actually Worked

When Los Angeles needed to cover its open-air reservoirs, instead of spending several hundred million dollars on a solid cover, officials did something a little odd: they dumped 95 million floating balls into the water, hoping that they'd adequately protect the water from pollution and evaporation. A year later, the plan seems to have worked. Hear all about the scheme and its successes in the videos below.

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LA's Shade Balls Actually Worked

Who knew dumping millions of black balls would actually protect the water?

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Why Did California Turn To Shade Balls To Battle Drought?

Hear why they work to protect LA's reservoir.

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Anatomy Of A Shade Ball

Find out what they're made of and why they're designed the way they are.

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