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California Gets Creative with Conservation
If you don’t know much about what’s happening in Cali, they have a bit of a drought going on. And it’s pretty bad. And to help that, the state created a $34.5 million initiative to protect and conserve the water supply. On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles approved the release of over 96 million “shade balls” into the Los Angeles reservoir. The NY Times reported:
The dark balls would help protect the water from evaporation and block sunlight and UV rays that promote algae growth, which would help keep the city’s drinking water safe. Officials also said the balls would help slow the rate of evaporation, which drains the water supply of about 300 million gallons a year. The balls cost $0.36 each.
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Watch as Cali goes balls to the wall (but really though) and releases the shade balls in to the reservoir. Californians are pretty stoked about this weather though, saying that the balls were “mesmerizing” and “like a giant ball-pit!”
This sparked an interesting and (obviously) weird hashtag on Twitter: #ShadeBalls that, uh, prompted some really great tweets.
Officials that released the balls were even heard saying: “2, 1 … Shade balls away!” Balls away indeed.

Other creative ways to conserve? Here’s some suggestions I have for California:

1. Spray paint the grass - You can have that nice green grass you always wanted without the water.
2. Don’t shower - Try some Febreeze instead.
3. Water your plants by spitting on them instead. - In some countries, spitting on someone is considered a good thing! Your plants will feel blessed.
4. Wear a diaper instead of going to the bathroom - This also helps you get in touch with your younger (baby) self.
5. Shade duckies - the shade balls would be a lot cuter if they were rubber ducks! Better yet, GIANT rubber ducks.
I’m glad to see Cali is getting creative, and even more excited for them to implement my objectives.
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BALLS TO THE RESCUE!! I really hope this works. Things have been so crazy in SD since the new restrictions went into action.
The article I read said they were made of polyethylene, though I’m not entirely sure what that is. lol. @marshalledgar
Thanks for checking that out @nicolejb Polyethylene is also known as PET or PETE. There is also high density polyethylene which is known as HDPE. According to science (and blind lab results), neither of these polyethylene based plastics have been proven to leach chemicals or cause cancer.
My problem with this measure is that 300 million balls is nothing compared to the vast water footprint. Only recently has Gov. Brown been able to turn around California's financial deficit. At 36 cents each, that's over $100 Million spent on balls, which I didn't vote on it. That's an incredible waste of money. It's staggering to me the blatant misuse of tax money that goes on in California. And no one seems to be bothered. :(