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   xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 11 12:49 AM

June 11, 2008: Black Balls

Quote:
Department of Water and Power workers are emptying out bales of plastic balls in the Ivanhoe reservoir in Los Angeles to protect the water from sunlight.


Protect the water from sunlight? Say what?

Possible real reasons...

Make the public water taste more like bottled water by adding the plastic aftertaste?

Keep the ducks and geese from hanging out, flavoring the water themselves?

Using black plastic to warm the water, so you get water for your money?

Celebrating Obama's victory?


Cloud  Wednesday Jun 11 12:54 AM

lowering the reflectivity to reduce evaporation?



Flint  Wednesday Jun 11 01:00 AM

Mankind has always dreamed of destroying the sun. [/Mr.Burns]



stevecrm  Wednesday Jun 11 02:31 AM

These balls are also used to deter birds from lakes and ponds near airport runways, pretty clever stuff

http://www.airport-int.com/categorie...bird-balls.asp

I wonder if I could use this method to heat my pool and stop the sun creating so much algae in the pool ??



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 11 02:50 AM

Sure... and you could swim right through them.

Thanks for the link and welcome to the Cellar.



stevecrm  Wednesday Jun 11 03:01 AM

Cheers Bruce, I have been lurking for months and felt it was time to post



stevecrm  Wednesday Jun 11 04:13 AM

Here is another interesting link, I definatly need to get a load of these balls to use as a pool cover. I just cannot find anywhere that sells a bis amount of them at a decent price.

I have found multi coloured ones though which would look good

http://www.euro-matic.com/hollow.html



SPUCK  Wednesday Jun 11 05:10 AM

Black balls.. How lame! So the water will heat up and bacteria will be much happier. Should've used white or yellow or ?



DanaC  Wednesday Jun 11 07:02 AM

Hey Welcome to the Cellar Stevecrm !



Jazbees  Wednesday Jun 11 07:23 AM

Looks like it *is* supposed to reduce bacteria growth...

http://gizmodo.com/5015148/400000-bo...top-carcinogen



TheMercenary  Wednesday Jun 11 07:24 AM

I thought this was about somebody's blue balls gone from bad to worse.



stevecrm  Wednesday Jun 11 08:36 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DanaC View Post
Hey Welcome to the Cellar Stevecrm !
Thankyou for the welcome


Shawnee123  Wednesday Jun 11 08:39 AM

It's a more evil version of the ball pit at Chuck-E-Cheese. It's not funny. Children are running into the reservoir and drowning. THINK OF THE CHILDREN.



stevecrm  Wednesday Jun 11 08:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Black balls.. How lame! So the water will heat up and bacteria will be much happier. Should've used white or yellow or ?
the bacteria and algae thrive a lot better if they are in sunlight, so if the sunlight is blocked the water will not be so green

well, you wont be able to see how green it is because there is loads of black balls floating on it


Shawnee123  Wednesday Jun 11 08:41 AM

lol! Welcome stevecrm.

Quote:
well, you wont be able to see how green it is because there is loads of black balls floating on it
Like plastic couch covering.


classicman  Wednesday Jun 11 08:48 AM

What happens when algae or whatever starts growing on the balls. (ewwwwww)



stevecrm  Wednesday Jun 11 09:04 AM

slimey balls



Shawnee123  Wednesday Jun 11 09:21 AM

ew ew ew



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 11 11:01 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
It's a more evil version of the ball pit at Chuck-E-Cheese. It's not funny. Children are running into the reservoir and drowning. THINK OF THE CHILDREN.
And what's the downside?


Welcome to the Cellar, Jazbees, thanks for the link.


Shawnee123  Wednesday Jun 11 11:04 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
And what's the downside?

The downside is the rotting flesh is getting all over the black balls. Have you ever tried to clean a million little balls?


classicman  Wednesday Jun 11 11:59 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by shawnee123
Have you ever tried to clean a million little balls?
nope - just two, thanks.


Sheldonrs  Wednesday Jun 11 12:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
...Have you ever tried to clean a million little balls?
Not yet, but i have a dream!


Shawnee123  Wednesday Jun 11 12:43 PM




Happy Monkey  Wednesday Jun 11 12:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jazbees View Post
Looks like it *is* supposed to reduce bacteria growth...

http://gizmodo.com/5015148/400000-bo...top-carcinogen
Not bacteria, the chemical bromate, which is formed when sunlight hits
Quote:
the chlorine and bromide in the water
.


sweetwater  Wednesday Jun 11 04:23 PM

Science, schmience. They should have used thousands of little rubber duckies to hold the water down. Never pass up a good excuse to have fun!



runswithknives  Wednesday Jun 11 06:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetwater View Post
Science, schmience. They should have used thousands of little rubber duckies to hold the water down. Never pass up a good excuse to have fun!
That would require a drastic change to the rubber ducky theme song! I, for one, would not stand for that.



Gravdigr  Wednesday Jun 11 09:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by stevecrm View Post
I just cannot find anywhere that sells a big amount of them at a decent price.
LOL!! I hadn't thought of the incongruity of walking into a toy store and asking the first salesperson I see: "Pardon me, but do you have big black balls?"


lumberjim  Wednesday Jun 11 09:29 PM

especially if the employee was a big black guy.


i think i might just do that to see what kind of reaction i'd get.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 11 11:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey View Post
Not bacteria, the chemical bromate, which is formed when sunlight hits .
From stevecrm's first link, the manufacturer claims...
Quote:
Reduces sunlight penetration, therefore eliminates duckweed and algae growth
From stevecrm's second link, the manufacturer claims...
Quote:
Reduces penetration of Ultra Violet rays, precluding growth of algae and clogging weeds.
It was the CA water dept's idea that they might prevent Bromate, but the ball maker doesn't make that claim.


monster  Wednesday Jun 11 11:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
It's a more evil version of the ball pit at Chuck-E-Cheese. It's not funny. Children are running into the reservoir and drowning. THINK OF THE CHILDREN.
needed a "swallow beverage of your choice first" warning.


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