Black-balled: LA tries spherical scheme to block evaporation amid drought

August 12, 2015 8:04 PM

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Is a bevy of black balls – 96 million to be exact – a crucial solution in helping California manage its calamitous drought?

On Monday, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti deployed the final 20,000 of the 96 million “shade balls” onto the surface of the city’s 175-acre, Sylmar-based reservoir, completing the final stage of the $34.5 million Los Angeles Department of Water (LADWP) attempt to protect the region’s water quality.

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