Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

these are shade balls they’re being dumped into this water reservoir in Los Angeles and contrary to what you may have heard their main purpose is not to reduce evaporation so what are they really for? To find out I am visiting the largest collection of these balls anywhere on Earth at L.A. reservoir 96 million shade balls. That’s correct. 96 million it’s very rare for you to see 96 million of anything This is your life vest which you are required to wear. Alright. Throw your leg over and climb on in anyway you can there you go. Thank you looking at this I had so many questions. Like why are they black? Are they safe to have in drinking water? How much do they cost? Do they actually reduce evaporation? And what is their real purpose? is it hard to drive in shade balls. It is very hard. Why is that? These are actually partially filled with water the reason they’re filled with water is that in L.A reservoir we have some really high winds and so if we didn’t put water in these things there’d be balls bouncing on the 5 freeways people would drive down they’d be all over the place so these keep the balls in the reservoir and if they do start to roll they kinda wobble because of water makes them uneven but that makes them significantly difficult to push out of the way especially when they form close-packed crystal like structures behind the boat the balls quickly come together in our wake and some close to the motor are pulled along with boat wow did you what did you think the first time they suggested doing this or when it first came in yeah it was a little out there. did you think they were nuts? No, not nuts it just like. It looks absurd It’s like we’re in the world’s biggest ball pit yeah right that’s what it looks like you can’t tell by standing here that we’re actually floating over I think it’s probably 40 50 feet right here, 40 50 feet deep below us and you can’t even see any water you’d think it was a joke. Right? if you didn’t know. You’d would be like no you’re not that’s like a green screen or something alright yeah it’s fake so like when i switch on my tap at home is the water coming from here? Yes. Sometimes, or always. Most of the times Most of the time the water is coming from here, absolutely nuts so why is LA reservoir covered in shade balls? the problem all started with Bromide Bromide is a naturally occurring substance associated with salt water and so normally places like the California aqueduct that comes down from the delta you get some salt water intrusions we have some bromide in the water bromide is harmless and it’s almost impossible to remove and when you disinfect the water with ozone, that bromide becomes bromate and bromates are carcinogenic and so around year 2000 they wrote regulations regulating bromate and the regulations basically said if you have a treatment plant that uses ozone then you have to watch bromate to be careful not to form to much so the only place we ever measured bromate was in our filter plant and the results were always within 10 micrograms per liter limit set by regulators so they were confused when they got a call from one of their customers a beverage company in L.A they said we have some really high levels of bromate showing up are you aware of this? and we said well we don’t show anything but between the filtration plant and the customer was the reservoir so they did some tests almost immediatly upon coming into this open reservoir the bromate levels jumped it turned that bromide with chlorine which is supposed to be safe in bright sunlight form bromate even more than ozone and so we made this unfortunate scientific discovery that actually wasn’t a part of any regulatory scheme and so here we are at reservoir we have water source that’s got bromide in it harmless we have chlorine, we have to have disinfected water, we have sunlight because it is open the only choice we have is to remove sunlight so we looked at all sorts of things we looked at floating tarps across the water and normally we put a floating cover on the water but that’s a multi-year project and so we said can’t we manufacture kind of trampoline with poly like PVC pipe they’re just gonna become bird perches, it’ll have a big water quality problem and so we knew we had high density polyethylene pipe which is used in the water industry and we know that it floats and we at one point thought about can we get to float a pile of pipe across the surface well that’s hard to do and very expensive because it’s a lot of material so maybe we could take some pipe and run it through a chipper and we can make a debris field across the surface like the back corner of a lake somewhere but in anyhow all this mushy warm water with plastic floating on the top that sounds like a petri dish and so lo and behold Dr Brian White did some research and he found the shade ball except they weren’t called shade balls at the time this product existed and they were called bird balls and they’d use it on ponds that had mine tailings where they didn’t want waterfowl to go in and get poisoned and also around airports where there were ponds and they wanted to keep the waterfowl off so that they didn’t take off and get into the jet engines

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

  1. Skygge says:

    so most of the water in LA that people drink has gas from the boats that go in there?

  2. v Socram says:

    Seeing another " am I a joke to you?" joke
    Me: am I a joke to you?

  3. youwant somenut says:

    Why are they black

  4. KluTCh says:

    I howled when the lady said " once we deployed these balls 😂😂😂 "

  5. Corpus says:

    Every soul in LA is gonna snatch one of those lol

  6. Willie Mims says:

    So what were the balls for? I didn't feel like watching the video.

  7. Fock Guugle says:

    Still not as many black balls as your mom has had on her face.

  8. Real Planet X Nibiru says:

    96 million at .34 cents per ball

    10 year shelf life

    32 million dollars for 1 reservoir every 10 years

    arent taxes high enough ???

    were paying for those !!!!

    real cost effective dont you think ?

  9. Walter White says:

    By "reservoir" do u mean kim kardashian?


    Found my balls

  11. Aamir Bedi says:

    ….reservoir got some ballz

  12. JooshFX says:

    oh no Mr. Beast strikes again

  13. Ned Lambton says:


  14. devivaraprasad pogula says:

    What's with the aqua species in the reservoir

  15. SuperSight says:

    Very good.

  16. Marco Penso says:

    Slaps reservoir

    This bad boy can fit so many black balls in it.

  17. EZ Does it says:

    Alright guys, the truth is out. California has balls……………. in the water reservoir.

  18. gaurav sarraf says:

    They could have installed floating solar panels. Just sayin.;)

  19. Yolo Swaggins says:

    because there are half as many black dicks?

  20. Ömer Gümüştaş says:

    Lan kuşlar konamaz su içermez bu sacmalik

  21. Corey Ashley says:

    Would be nice for the YouTube algorithm to push my videos like they did this one.

  22. Neil Ramlal says:

    THAT POOR BIRD! 5:50

  23. gunnerdan70 says:

    3 for $1 is still $32,000,000 That's a lot of money tax payers are paying for safe drinkable water. Speaking of I wouldn't be surprised if the bottle water company that complained is one that sells spring water (Only it's not coming from a spring- it's coming from a reservior)

  24. angad singh basu says:

    Rip bird 5:50

  25. Bonganithegreat says:

    Another African genocide???!!!😳😳😳😳😳😳

  26. Bonganithegreat says:

    Bastards are denying us the benefits to our health that birdshot brings!

  27. Sara Hernandez says:

    Once you go black…

  28. William Cox says:

    You've been blackballed.

  29. Hell Prø2 Roblox says:

    you touched the lake's balls

  30. Krishna Pattaje says:

    It may have solved 1 problem of Sun heating up the water body and in turn, aiding the bromide and chlorine reacting and producing Carcinogenic output. However, only time will tell what new problems will arise out of this solution.

  31. Just a passerby says:

    So it means when the balls are in contact & rubbing each other helps everyone in the end

  32. DMarcoTheFirst says:

    Why aren't they on a hovercraft instead of a boat?

  33. Kevin Briner says:

    Only the Kardashian's have seen that many black balls until now.

  34. قناة بستان المعرفة says:

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  35. Hello And goodbye says:

    “It’s very rare for you to see 96 mil of anything”

    Me:watches pewdiepie

  36. necromancer says:

    Can't they just use some kind of reflective material like aluminum foil , that would be more effective

  37. Andrew Broderick says:


  38. Bruce Mourad says:

    They are dumb…. Black attracts the sun on it…. Sun focuses more on black, so its making it hotter then it should be,
    Go sit with a White Shirt in the sun, its less warm then using A black Shirt in the sun :0

  39. Fredinand Goeast says:

    Minute 5.51 see how a huge bird got grinded by plane engine

  40. Bassotronics says:

    $32,000,000 worth of balls!

  41. Akshi kothuru says:

    Imagine getting stuck there with no fuel or with a broken engine . It would take forever to swim out😂LOL

  42. Flare Gaming says:

    Veritasium: their main purpose isn’t to stop evaporation

    Also Veritasium: they help stop evaporation

  43. Alden D says:

    4:30 Why not get rid of the Bromide before leaving the plant?

  44. Intelligent Design says:

    all the while they are driving around inside a reservoir with a petrol boat. Nice!

  45. Ivey TheCAT says:

    I’d swim there if I had the balls

  46. fradyc says:

    These balls would be perfect with a white and a black half.

    The black half should be a little thicker, so that it is heavier

    and always the white half is above. This keeps the water cooler …

  47. Desi Kid says:

    That woman really said "They used to just hang out, loiter at the curbs" about birds.

  48. Sickness The Dick says:

    7:40 Confirmed, the balls are inert.

  49. Mick Mcknight says:

    If this is the kind of thing we have to do to save our planet/environment, we'd just might as well give up! Crazy!!!

  50. Jarvis Jenkins says:

    I love boba!

  51. Mystic Lost says:

    You copied this title from pewdiepie. Wow

  52. webberdog1 says:

    obama likes what they put on the water.

  53. Fleato says:

    actually got to see them on my trip to LA =P was looking out for them lol

  54. xImBeaST12321x says:


    L.A. : Get your boat out of my damn drinking water

  55. Mister J says:

    I've ignored this video so many times now and this one time I accidentally clicked it before pressing the lockscreen button…when I unlocked my phone this is the first thing I saw and finally watched it, guess YouTube algorithm won this time.

  56. TROY says:

    so what would happen once the water going in to a water bottle when its in the sun

  57. Apoorva Rangaraju says:

    Plant trees instead it will help replace water in your water table. It'll also cool down the environment because of transpiration. It'll make your environment better too.. Indians are clearly smarter: Google "Cauvery calling".. 🙄

  58. LaughingPsycho says:

    Not 100% effective, as can be seen at 8:07.

  59. aran murphy says:

    Who makes the balls?

  60. m raider says:

    Maybe thats where Jimmy Hoffa went,,under the balls😆

  61. James E. Atkins says:

    Very stupid idea if you ask anyone else

  62. Agustin Marquez says:

    Tribute to the bird that died at 4:50
    Rest easy young 🤴
    Gone but never forgotten

  63. Parish Khan says:

    Come on youtube. This video keep appearing on my homepage though I have already watched half of it.

  64. kiko buere says:

    idk but its give me satisfied

  65. Andro says:

    5:50 did I really just watch a bird turning to dust by an airplane engine?

  66. rashmi 9907067561 says:

    Who is watching it after watching biology bytes😂😂

  67. Sovannara Pha says:

    Why not other colors?

  68. aussieguy3333 says:

    they are crap at expalining..usless

  69. carl bernsen says:

    Did I hear that right?
    33 cents each?
    33 million dollars ??!

  70. Rafael Tejada says:

    Looks like fake but is real

  71. AHMAD ALI says:

    https://youtu.be/ZVtVT3Dca-k best

  72. Linked Neurons says:

    Why does this video play twice? 🙁
    I added it to my "Legal Things You Probably Didn't Know" playlist, but I'm only now realizing that it plays twice.
    That's horrible for a playlist, and I don't even get why.

  73. Mirian Pinheiro says:

    Why it scared the birds?

  74. Seth Miller says:

    what about the water cycle???

  75. Michael Shurtleff says:

    I'm a little surprised that they allowed a gasoline engine to motor through the drink. Seems like an electric unit would have been cleaner.

  76. X4 SnipeRR says:

    doesn't driving the gas powered boat contaminate it?

  77. Terry Kyte says:

    if this is what the world is coming to then i am glad that my days ARE ALMOST OVER….

  78. William Underhill says:

    All I heard was "carcinogenic drinking water".

  79. William Underhill says:

    Those fucken loiter birds.

  80. William Underhill says:

    Wonder if they have something to do with masking our resources from hostile forces? Make them hard to see with sonar (changes their surface makeup) or infrared (changes surface temperature) or see visually (changes colour and removes sunlight glint). Canada must protect her interests.

  81. Love Nature says:

    trypophobia Alert!! Warn on video please I almost died

  82. Kei TuWokeLyfe says:

    Food grade plastic 😂😂😂 bruh 💀 #soy #oxymoronic #eatingplastic #equalscancer #dumbasses

  83. Amy Schrekker says:

    Nooooo! Bad vor the natural!

  84. Jimmy Jaffe says:

    96 000 000 The correct way to write the numbers, with spaces. Standard ISO, CGPM, IEEE, NIST.

  85. Billy-Joe Taiapah7u says:


  86. creator Space says:

    It's done well.

  87. On The Moon says:

    Funny 😀

  88. Mark Valdez says:

    I watched 5:50 – 5:54 like 20x.

  89. Brandon Malik Rashid says:

    Safe to say “Hey take a look at all my black Shaved Balls ⚫️”

  90. тень заката says:

    Я один задался вопросом? Что это за параша

  91. Pete Kondolios says:

    Floating solar would have been even better

  92. LISA CPA says:

    The black balls are camouflaging the water??? what the hell

  93. Sharon Kour says:

    Has this tested on human if they eat it ( nothing will happen to you human)😫😬🤒😷😡 wats the purpose to stop sunami i seen a research about a similar thing they did experiment on the same level of sunami andvplanned to put these thinga n9w in the sea to stop the hight of the sea bursting out in high winds.

  94. Sharon Kour says:

    Need to jump on these looks tempting like a play pool

  95. Jesse ybarra says:

    Is he talking about Africa?

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  97. Sam DeRenzis says:


  98. M Memar says:

    Lol Why it looks CGI to me ? XD

  99. jake noyuom says:

    should of used blue balls

  100. dj brown says:

    These are the things why people having cancer

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