As California is in the midst of a record drought, they continue to look for creative ways to save water. The latest effort involved the deployment of 96 million “shade balls” into the 175 acre Los Angeles Reservoir. The balls, essentially, create a floating cover that protect the water from sunlight-triggered chemical reactions, and prevent pollutants from birds, wildlife and blown dust from entering the water.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says “In the midst of California’s historic drought, it takes bold ingenuity to maximize by goals for water conservation. This effort by the [Los Angeles Department of Water and Power] is emblematic of the kind of creative thinking we need to meet those challenges.”.

Whether it helps, or not… you have to admit that watching dumping a truck load of plastic balls into a reservoir sounds like an awesome job. Check out the video:

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