Today, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released the last 20,000 of 96,000,000 “shade balls” into the LA Reservoir in an attempt by to help the city with its conservation efforts amidst the worst drought in California history.
From the website of XavierC LLC , the manufacturer of these 4-inch diameter balls:
“The black conservation balls provide a floating cover on the reservoir taking up approximately 90% of the surface area. Simultaneously the balls prevent UV rays reaching the water and therefore reducing algae.”
The balls will last for 10 years and cost $0.36 each, for a total cost of almost $35,000,000. The benefits will be much more as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) estimates saving of $250,000,000.
According to Mayor Garcetti, as quoted by KABC news, “By reducing evaporation, these shade balls will conserve 300 million gallons of water each year, instead of just evaporating into the sky. That’s 300 million gallons to fight this drought”.
California needs all the help it can get to fight this epic drought. Let’s hope this is one great solution.
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