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Mesmerizing video of thousands of ‘shade balls’ being added to LA water reservoir

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Posted at 1:15 PM, Aug 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-12 15:26:56-04

LOS ANGELES — California officials are getting ballsy about fighting the state’s drought. shade balls in LA reservoir

On Tuesday, officials released thousands of “shade balls” to protect the water from dust, chemicals, wildlife and — most importantly — evaporation.

“LA just completed a project at the LA Reservoir to save 300 million gallons of water by deploying shade balls on its surface, saving our city over $250 million dollars while keeping our water clean & safe,” Mayor Eric Garcetti posted on Facebook.

The 95,980,000 balls cost 36 cents each. The balls were the final step in a $34 million water quality protection project.

Los Angeles is the first city in the U.S. to use shade balls in its water system.