In California, Millions of ‘Shade Balls’ Combat a Nagging Drought

acing a long-term water crisis, officials concerned with preserving a reservoir in Los Angeles hatched a plan: They would combat four years of drought with 96 million plastic balls.  On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles arrived at the 175-acre Los Angeles Reservoir to release the final installment of the project: 20,000 small black orbs that would float atop the water.  The scene resembled something found at a playground — “You turned the reservoir into the world’s largest ball pit? #bestmayorever,” wrote one supporter on the mayor’s Facebook page — but the initiative has serious implications for the city’s water supply.  By

Source:  New York Times