LA Water Gets Blackballed

Posted on Jun 16 2008 - 1:06pm by L.

Black Balls

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power dropped 400,000 black balls (that’s different than tea bagging btw) into Ivanhoe Reservoir – to protect the drinking water supply. The water needs to be shaded because when sunlight mixes with the bromide and chlorine in Ivanhoe’s water, the carcinogen bromate forms. Bromide is naturally present in groundwater in this area and chlorine is used to kill bacteria. Thus a simple, yet effective, black ball gadget is used. These black balls are also referred to as “bird balls” (who knew), commonly used by airports to prevent birds from gathering in water alongside runways. Soo to recap – a wicked cocktail of black balls, bromide and chlorine is what constitutes safe “drinking water” in LA. Enough Said.

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6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ivyn June 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm -

    By any chance, were those plastic balls made in China, at some unregulated factory, out of some nasty petrol based stuff that makes the rest of this carneogenic water look like the morning dew?

  2. Jennifer M. June 16, 2008 at 1:20 pm -

    LOL for a second I thought the uniformed guy in the picture was responsible for blackballing the water.

  3. Angry Kebb23 June 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm -

    Did you know that Los Angeles DWP dumped 600 million gallons of contaminated water from two other lakes last year? WAY TO KILL THE PLANET ASSHOLES!

  4. treetop67 June 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm -

    You have to wonder how a dumb idea makes it so far. This cost considerable amounts of time and money. Sad. Embarrassing.

  5. FrOoT June 16, 2008 at 1:57 pm -

    It is amazing to me that with the amount of over regulation we have in some industries, we have this absolute bull shit lack of oversight here. See people, having more goverment does not always help!

  6. dookie007 June 16, 2008 at 6:02 pm -

    man thinks he can change the world, and he is right… but he has no idea wtf he is doing…

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