Why 96 million ‘shadeballs’ were just released into the LA Reservoir

Commentary By: Albert Mascheroni

The covering of the reservoir’s surface is expected to save about 300 million gallons of water every year, according to NPR, & is part of California’s latest attempt to avoid worsening its ongoing 4-year drought.

You’re wasting your time. I warned you to stock up water for you & your families, but to what avail? You’re still trying to conserve water by taking shorter showers & watering your lawns twice a week.

…As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. – 1 Kings 17:1

And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. – Leviticus 26:20

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD – Malachi 4:5

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. – Matthew 3:1-3

These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy – Revelation 11:6

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Commentary In Response to Article By: Barbara Tasch

On Monday, the last 20,000 of a total of 96 million ‘shadeballs’ were rolled into a reservoir in Los Angeles, NPR reports.

The black plastic balls are used as a cheaper alternative to tarps, which would normally be used to accomplish 2 main goals: 1. keep algae out & 2. keep the water in. The balls also help block the formation of cancer-causing agents called carcinogens, which can develop when sunlight reacts w/certain chemicals in the water.

The covering of the reservoir’s surface is expected to save about 300 million gallons of water every year, according to NPR, & is part of California’s latest attempt to avoid worsening its ongoing 4-year drought. The total cost for the deployment of the shadeballs amounts to $34.5 million.

According to Bloomberg, the 4-inch-wide shadeballs are coated with a UV-light blocking chemical. They’re hollow & filled w/water to keep them from flying away. Each 1 costs around $0.36 to make.
Sydney Chase, the CEO of XavierC, a company that specializes in the manufacture of those balls, told Bloomberg that she calls them “conservation balls” as they help keep water bodies clean & preserve water. The balls can also be used in reverse when distributed on toxic waters in order to keep animals out. The balls are also designed not to degrade & are expected to last 10 years before being recycled.

The Los Angeles Reservoir is the latest body of water to be filled w/”shadeballs.” 3 others are already filled w/the floating devices.
The shadeball mania started in 2008 after Los Angeles realized that 2 of its reservoirs had unusually high levels of bromate, a suspected cancer-causing agent. Since bromate is formed when sunlight reacts w/bromide (a chemical found in water) & ozone or chlorine (both of which are used to disinfect water) the city decided to shield the water from sunlight.

The shadeballs were the most convenient & cheapest option & were introduced to the Ivanhoe reservoir in 2008.

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