Big Black Balls

Do you like big, bouncing, black balls, all glistening wet and tumbling all over one another? Thousands and thousands of big, bouncing, black balls? Well, have we got some hawt pix for you!

Big black balls

Yes, 400,000 big black balls, bouncing all over one another in the bright sunlight. Don’t say we don’t come through on our promises around these parts.

It seems that the reservoir water on which LA depends has such a high bromide content that exposure to sunlight renders it poisonous, and the balls are to shield the water from the harmful sunlight. Think about that the next time you’re enjoying a glass of ice water on the patio at the Ivy.

Yes, big black balls save the city of Los Angeles. It’s like a Blaxploitation flick come to life! Video here.

14 thoughts on “Big Black Balls

  1. That is quite frightening – they are being used to stop a chemical from reacting and becoming nasty. So what extra chemicals will these big black balls exude into the water as they age? Not that an extra chemical or two would have much effect on the average chemically overladen Los Angelian – – –

  2. The drinking water is poisonous, so the solution isn’t to come up with a way to purify it–it’s to hide it from the sun?

    Tell me again about the terrorist threat to poison city reservoirs?

  3. Hmmm. Why not white balls? I mean, that way light would reflect away from the water, right? I wonder about the mechanics of that. What a strange solution!

  4. Yes, I didn’t think about the strange colour choice. It was freaky enough that the water turns poisonous in sunlight, not that they have much of that in Southern California!

  5. Why do the people of LA need so much bromide? Very strange way to add it to their tea. Seriously though, it shouldn’t be in the water in such quantities. If I ever get to LA I’m only drinking beer, german beer.

  6. Can’t believe they’re not more uptight about the bromide. We always joke about it being put in the water over here (Canberra, Australia)…

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