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

  • čas přidán 10. 05. 2019
  • I took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they're there. The first time I heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn't the reason they were introduced.
    Huge thanks to LADWP for arranging this special tour for me. Next time let's put the GoPro on the submersible!
    The balls are made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) which is less dense than water so they float on the surface of the reservoir even if they break apart. They are 10cm (4 inches) in diameter and contain about 210ml of water. So the main reason they are on the reservoir is to block sunlight from entering the water and triggering a chemical reaction that turns harmless bromide into carcinogenic bromate. This effect occurs with prolonged exposure to bromate so regulators insist that levels be kept below 10 microgram per liter on average over a 12 month period.
    Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
    Donal Botkin, Michael Krugman, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd, Penward Rhyme and everyone who provided feedback on an early draft of this video.
    Thanks to:
    Las Virgenes Reservoir for footage of initial shade ball dump
    Euro-Matic for bird into jet-engine footage
    Researched and Produced by Casey Rentz
    Animations by Maria Raykova
    Music from epidemicsound.com "Colorful Animation 4" "Seaweed"
    And from Kevin MacLeod "Marty Gots a Plan"
    This is an educational video about the science of water quality.

Komentáře • 48 961

  • Joyful Soul
    Joyful Soul Před dnem

    What is carbon black powder...Is that what folks are calling melanin?

  • 1woksape
    1woksape Před dnem +1

    Why not white, Sun reflecting balls?

  • toobakedtooplay
    toobakedtooplay Před dnem

    driving gas powered boat in resevoir LOL

  • Envy Valery
    Envy Valery Před dnem

    when the bird heard about yet another polluting technology he committed suicide 5:50 by flying into into the planes engine !!! 5:50

  • dave c
    dave c Před dnem +1

    Still less black balls than have been on your mama's chin.

  • Rebecca Ringler
    Rebecca Ringler Před dnem

    Potassium bromate is added to brominated wheat flour and is not harmless. It is banned in some other countries. "The Truth About Potassium Bromate" amp.livescience.com/36206-truth-potassium-bromate-food-additive.html

  • The Fakey Cake Maker

    Piss off please CHclip, this is an old video for a start and now all shade balls are being removed from all but one of the resevoirs because they block sunlight which causes problems in the water. Now I have clicked this link and dislike it please get it OFF my side bar. www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-shade-balls-water-quality.html

  • Neon Genesis
    Neon Genesis Před dnem

    5:52 Rip that bird:(

  • blah Newman
    blah Newman Před dnem

    Cant be good

  • EA 333
    EA 333 Před dnem +1

    ...20 years later...
    “A scientific study released yesterday shows that the black plastic balls released into the reservoir around 20 years ago has been leaking various toxic and carcinogenic substances into the water!”

  • meTimetraveler
    meTimetraveler Před dnem


  • Ryvucz
    Ryvucz Před dnem


  • 83_Bismuth
    83_Bismuth Před dnem

    At 9:37 the level of water inside the balls is a bit higher than that outside them. I believe it must be the opposite

  • Favorite Accident
    Favorite Accident Před dnem

    I apologize to every Native American who were killed off and stripped for their land

  • dante dante
    dante dante Před dnem

    racist balls ?????

  • Astro Zombie
    Astro Zombie Před dnem

    Answer to the title: because the reservoir is a Kardashian?

  • hazelnut
    hazelnut Před dnem

    the video of the aircraft has a bird sucked in to its engine :(

  • tom d
    tom d Před dnem

    what happens when balls deteriorate and sink to bottom

  • Viva Vivea
    Viva Vivea Před dnem +1

    All the damage the elites r doing to a reservoir. Not natural at all. Fake fake fake.

  • Tahir Sadik
    Tahir Sadik Před dnem

    Poor bird at 5:51 it flew in the airplane turbine .

  • androo4519
    androo4519 Před dnem

    What if you fall in?

  • Magdalene Olivet
    Magdalene Olivet Před dnem

    Derek is awesome! I learn a lot through his videos!

  • DAN8137
    DAN8137 Před dnem

    it's only rare if youtube suggested this video since 1969

  • Jakob Wiedemann
    Jakob Wiedemann Před dnem

    That's the most american solution to a problem i have ever seen. "We need to cover up a lake, let's just add a few tons of waste for 20 million dollars, that will be actual waste after 10 years". They could have covered it up in basically every other way you can imagine while being cheaper (by time) and less wasteful.

  • TriplePlay
    TriplePlay Před dnem

    Fill the Sultan Sea.....see what happens.

  • André B.
    André B. Před dnem

    It's in this WiKi: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromate

  • Paul Clifford
    Paul Clifford Před dnem

    I read the news today oh boy, 96 million balls in blackburn lancashire.

  • Shashikanth P
    Shashikanth P Před dnem

    Veritasium: It's really rare to see 96 million of anything

    CHclip: It's really rare to see Veritasium video cross 30 million views so fast!

  • Lieutenant sohl
    Lieutenant sohl Před dnem

    A racist guy in L.A:turn those balls white I don’t care about safe drinking water.

  • Luca Domenichini
    Luca Domenichini Před dnem

    but is it hygienic to use a motorboat in a basin of water intended for human consumption? Do you drink exhaust fumes from your pleasure trips in Los Angeles?

  • Jonney Shih
    Jonney Shih Před dnem

    I thought it was cg at first

  • ImOkayItsJustAnAddiction _

    Anyone see a bird die at 5:52 with a jet engine on a plane I think but yeah it was sad. R.I.P Bird, 1 like = 1 prayer for the bird

  • Gay Guru
    Gay Guru Před dnem

    Did yall see that bird get sucked in that plane at 5:53?

  • KookieMonsta 602
    KookieMonsta 602 Před dnem +1

    "It's really rare to see 96 million of anything,"
    Stars in space: Am I a joke to you?

  • Charles Kim
    Charles Kim Před dnem

    0:57 When god created Africans

  • Kimberly Perkins
    Kimberly Perkins Před dnem

    Too fake

  • Kimberly Perkins
    Kimberly Perkins Před dnem

    Eggs.eeew watch out

  • Cathy King
    Cathy King Před dnem


  • Mary’s Vlogs
    Mary’s Vlogs Před dnem +1

    96M balls that’s so many balls!. So That’s what I saw in highway going to Santa Clarita. I wonder what are those black thing I thought it was just black mud.🤣now I know! 😆

  • Panda Gurl
    Panda Gurl Před dnem

    Anyone else think they may be covering it from the crap their spraying in the air these days? (Chem trails?)

  • twocvbloke
    twocvbloke Před dnem

    Why not just do what us brits do and treat the water between reservoir and distribution pipes? Can't say I would like to have a drink of water that's been sat open in the sun next to a highway with birds flying overhead plopping their poo into it and local rodentia popping along for a drink, slipping in for a swim, having a wee and leaving unpleasant stuff like Weils disease behind, never mind bromates and algaes, but hey, not my pig, not my farm...

  • Dr. phalanges of gaming

    Like Mr.Breast said "This is going to be a banger"

  • Tobit Louis
    Tobit Louis Před dnem

    I’ve got 96,000,000 black balls

  • Bryan 396 Key NanoTech Discoveries and More.

    30 million views...30 million people with intelligence spectrum s of 5 yrs old...and CIA YT MK Ultra mind control FALSE View ratings. ...in only 2 weeks.
    I call BAALshit

  • James Burk
    James Burk Před dnem

    i don't believe any of this. these are obviously giant alien spider eggs that need to be in the water to hatch and the environmental reasons are a ruse put on by the disguised spider kin placed throughout the government. when they hatch LA will be overrun.

  • Fikri Ichsan
    Fikri Ichsan Před dnem

    It's like a lake with low pixels

  • WillPillLOL
    WillPillLOL Před dnem

    good to know they put _dam_ bird balls on the water

  • Workdove
    Workdove Před dnem

    Sounds too good to be true. What are the unanticipated side effects. You know what they say about things that are too good to be true.

  • Nestor Matos
    Nestor Matos Před dnem

    Time will tell, its like bottled water already bottled...hmmmm

  • quinn taylor
    quinn taylor Před dnem

    I’ll show you some black balls 😘

  • JS logan
    JS logan Před dnem

    they are running out of water ,supply and demand issues, this is answer , they are crazy

  • L’Eglise V.Noelle
    L’Eglise V.Noelle Před dnem

    CHclip algorithms brought me here after a video about bph levels in plastic being loaded with estrogen and water also being filled with chemicals that literally cause hermaphrodism in animals AND people and how it's being hidden from society intentionally.
    God bless.

  • getcaughtup2018 on yahoomail

    Wow you can really stop people from being able to get a drink of free water that God made.

  • marked3life
    marked3life Před dnem

    You might say the reservoir got...blackballed. ba dum tss.

  • White Male.
    White Male. Před dnem

    Looks like an African caravan raiding Spain again..... 0:06

  • Speedy Grasshopper
    Speedy Grasshopper Před dnem

    Extremely stupid idea, drink that chemical high heat water, no problem... sure.

  • Mario Henriquez
    Mario Henriquez Před dnem

    It's a good idea, but can you use that in the heads of the demoncraps, they need that for real, the heat in their heads are making them go nuts.

  • Tristam Stone
    Tristam Stone Před dnem

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Errique Young
    Errique Young Před dnem

    Now that's a lot of balls

  • dale carpenter
    dale carpenter Před dnem

    What does the plastic put in the water ! Total socialist communist stupid !

  • dale carpenter
    dale carpenter Před dnem

    That is stupid ! The fluoride in the water you may ass well drink lead !

  • Speedy Grasshopper
    Speedy Grasshopper Před dnem

    But why black, black attracts the sun's heat, the lake water will evaporate quicker, top of surface will be extremely hot, why not white balls, which attracts very little heat? How is this explained?

    WE WILL SEE TRUTH Před dnem

    It is a very evil thing, all that BPA makes the people gay, but thinking is not allowed in the US, right?

    WE WILL SEE TRUTH Před dnem

    Very stupid idea, but just what I expect from Americans.

  • Cindy O'Hara
    Cindy O'Hara Před dnem

    Sad for all the homeowners along this reservoir. Instead of beautiful water, they now have a big black blob to stare at!

    • Cindy O'Hara
      Cindy O'Hara Před dnem

      MaestroCygni ...I doubt that. I'm a realtor and there's no closeup footage of the entire circumference.

    • MaestroCygni
      MaestroCygni Před dnem

      As you can see, no homes along this reservoir...

    WE WILL SEE TRUTH Před dnem

    You have a very gay voice.

  • grdn rs
    grdn rs Před dnem

    The beauty industry is always in some drama. I found this video in my recommended and finally I feel like I’m in the actual reality again. No more “wheres the tea all tea no shade” lmao I’m like finally existing on the mature and adult side of CHclip

  • Bernadette Duroch
    Bernadette Duroch Před dnem

    Plastic milk cartons are not good for you. There is something for people including children, no flavor called Liquid-kelp which cleanes up the body from harmful plastic and yes this one is harmful too.

  • freckledfuck
    freckledfuck Před dnem


  • cellphonenut
    cellphonenut Před dnem

    The birds are not LGTB

  • It's a New Earth
    It's a New Earth Před dnem

    Chem trails and now blocking sun from water. Humans are weird. Moving out of the third dimensional reality into the fifth dimension.

  • Zaksi
    Zaksi Před dnem

    Veritasium: It's really rare to see 96 million of anything.

    Pewdiepie Subs: *Am I a JOKE to you?*

  • Ricky SP
    Ricky SP Před dnem

    My question is whats under them shade ball that may be hidden from the public eye ?

  • Kyaa Kitty
    Kyaa Kitty Před dnem

    It looks like a giant heating panel. Black absorbs heat you know. I know they say its cooler because of the air inside, but when people are trying to save money they will say anything. Also maybe cooler water, but hotter air over the top maybe. Maybe, they only measure the water temperature and not the air leaving the surface of the balls. They can proof their point with the water temperature only, when its actually heating the earths surface from the top of the balls. I'm not a scientist though.

  • Juan Vedder
    Juan Vedder Před dnem

    Bromate is the ultimate good guy.

  • Billy Woody
    Billy Woody Před dnem

    What a HUGE waste of money. Damn I hate living in LA. This city is run by idiots

  • Henry Persoon
    Henry Persoon Před dnem

    Only California would waist $32million

  • Josephine Hogg
    Josephine Hogg Před dnem

    such a great solution to the problem. HOWEVER - can you TRUST the people who invented/created/paid for/installed this solution. It all sounds very similar to the TEFLON scandal. We all trusted 3M to tell us the Truth and have our health and well being in their care! But WE WERE WRONG!

  • Richard Aurrecoechea

    I haven’t watched the video but im guessing this is leftovers from a youtuber’s “FILLING A POOL WITH 96 MILLION BALLS” clickbait video

  • ARMag3dd3n
    ARMag3dd3n Před dnem +1

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

    To make the BEST ball pit

  • John Smith
    John Smith Před dnem

    California is gross. Dirty water, dirty streets, third world diseases, all sorts of problems rapidly growing. California is essential a third world nation now.

  • stepitup
    stepitup Před dnem

    are they using a prop driven motor?

  • American_Warrior
    American_Warrior Před dnem

    How many fish, snakes , frogs, n turtles did they kill with these fkng balls???!!!!!!
    Fkng idiots

  • Eden Bugsby
    Eden Bugsby Před dnem

    Am I the only one that thinks this is just another business man making another bad decision that will badly affect humanity and nature as a whole!!! Looks terrible too. And haven't they just discovered that plastic is now found in everything, even us, so how is dumpling more plastic into water that you drink helping the plastic problem??? Common core at its best 😂😂😂. Good luck America..... You're gonna need it!!!

  • Nicky Blue
    Nicky Blue Před dnem

    Dashcon ain't got nothing on this

  • Candice Cantu
    Candice Cantu Před dnem

    Wow. All these comments and not one person actually QUESTIONING (verifying the statements made in this video) whether Bromine/Bromide is actually TRULY good to have in our drinking water!!! (HINT: RESEARCH IT, IT'S NOT!!!)

  • stop Chemsprayingus
    stop Chemsprayingus Před dnem

    Global warming..let's put black balls over thousands of small bodies of water and tell u it wont heat the water..lmfao

  • tatt oo sticker
    tatt oo sticker Před dnem

    Why not use a black roof?

  • Ray Ray
    Ray Ray Před dnem

    Don't believe for one minute that anything derived from oil is safe to touch anything you put in your mouth/body!!..

  • Steve Wilcox
    Steve Wilcox Před dnem

    Fake science again so mucb for keeping plastic out of the environment.

  • No Name
    No Name Před dnem

    5:52 RIP bird.

  • Patrick Burwell
    Patrick Burwell Před dnem

    I didn't catch it did he say why they didn't pick White? I mean wouldn't that reflect more light and make things even cooler? Was it a cost or was it because white bleaches out to transparent eventually?

  • Kamineiro
    Kamineiro Před dnem


  • juwel k
    juwel k Před dnem

    Looks and feels so terrible and they’ll drink dead water becoming zombs

  • stuart doyle
    stuart doyle Před dnem

    first off, how the hell did he manage to close the trailer doors!!

  • Bongani Mkhwanazi
    Bongani Mkhwanazi Před dnem

    What about the environmental effects. I mean where do the birds go for water now?

  • William Spinney
    William Spinney Před dnem +4

    If each ball had $1500 inside of it...that would represent Bezos' net worth

  • Dunyaestan
    Dunyaestan Před dnem

    what about the chemical seepage from the black shade balls into the water itself due the the sun's heat???

  • wildflower
    wildflower Před dnem

    Think about that life has existed on this planet for much longer than 96 million years.. And in just a few, we have managed to take over and destroy plant and animal life for the growth of capitalism.
    What's going to be left? All robots and artificial intelligence? That's the next step in evolution?