Millions of plastic balls are being dropped into this reservoir to save it from drought

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LA Throws 96 Million 'Shade Balls' at Its Water Shortage & It's Mesmerizing

The Los Angeles Reservoir has been at the center of the attention, just like many other reservoirs across California, due to the risk of drought.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has a solution: plastic balls. A lot of them.

Garcetti had 20,000 black plastic balls called "shade balls" dumped into the reservoir to protect its water. Each ball is a water-cleaning device that lowers the rates of evaporation and prevents animals from dirtying the area.

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Millions of plastic balls are being dropped into this reservoir to save it from drought
Water flows into the Los Angeles Reservoir, which has been covered with over 90 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering open-air reservoirs with floating "shade balls" to protect water quality. The 4-inch-diameter plastic balls block sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Over 90 million plastic balls cover the Los Angeles Reservoir in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering open-air reservoirs with floating "shade balls" to protect water quality. The 4-inch-diameter plastic balls block sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Los Angeles Reservoir is covered with over 90 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering open-air reservoirs with floating "shade balls" to protect water quality. The 4-inch-diameter plastic balls block sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Los Angeles Reservoir is covered with over 90 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering open-air reservoirs with floating "shade balls" to protect water quality. The 4-inch-diameter plastic balls block sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Los Angeles Reservoir is covered with over 90 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering its open-air reservoirs with floating, 4-inch diameter "shade balls" to protect water quality by blocking sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Los Angeles Reservoir is covered with over 90 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering open-air reservoirs with floating "shade balls" to protect water quality. The 4-inch-diameter plastic balls block sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
A "shade ball" is displayed on the outer banks of the Los Angeles Reservoir, which is covered with over 90 million of the black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering open-air reservoirs with the floating "shade balls" to protect water quality. The 4-inch-diameter plastic balls block sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Los Angeles Reservoir is covered with over 90 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering its open-air reservoirs with floating, 4-inch diameter "shade balls" to protect water quality by blocking sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 photo provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in suit at center rear, and LADWP workers deposit the final batch of over 90 million "shade balls" into the Los Angeles Reservoir in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles. The plastic balls were placed to protect water quality and to save 300 million gallons of water a year from evaporation. (Art Mochizuki/Los Angeles Department of Water and Power via AP)
Water flows into the Los Angeles Reservoir, which has been covered with 96 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles 25 miles northwest of downtown Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering its open-air reservoirs with floating, 4-inch diameter "shade balls" to protect water quality by blocking sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems, (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Water flows into the Los Angeles Reservoir, which has been covered with 96 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles 25 miles northwest of downtown Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering its open-air reservoirs with floating, 4-inch diameter "shade balls" to protect water quality by blocking sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems, (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Water flows into the Los Angeles Reservoir, which has been covered with 96 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles 25 miles northwest of downtown Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering its open-air reservoirs with floating, 4-inch diameter "shade balls" to protect water quality by blocking sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems, (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Los Angeles Reservoir is seen covered with 96 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles 25 miles northwest of downtown Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering its open-air reservoirs with floating, 4-inch diameter "shade balls" to protect water quality by blocking sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems, (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Los Angeles Reservoir is seen covered with 96 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles 25 miles northwest of downtown Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering its open-air reservoirs with floating, 4-inch diameter "shade balls" to protect water quality by blocking sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems, (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Los Angeles Reservoir is seen covered with 96 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles 25 miles northwest of downtown Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering its open-air reservoirs with floating, 4-inch diameter "shade balls" to protect water quality by blocking sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems, (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Los Angeles Reservoir is covered with over 90 million black plastic balls in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. The city has completed a program of covering its open-air reservoirs with floating, 4-inch diameter "shade balls" to protect water quality by blocking sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface of the reservoir, preventing chemical reactions that can cause algae blooms and other problems. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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A total of 96 million have been already placed on the reservoir's surface and are also helping keeping algae from taking over the water and unwanted chemical reactions from happening.

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