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We are not making this up: Ivanhoe Reservoir in Silver Lake covered in little black plastic balls *

June 9, 2008 |  1:21 pm

Going_ballsout_in_silver_lakejpg_2 Can you hear the screaming from where you are? That's Silver Lake residents with a view of the water reacting as DWP workers roll millions of little plastic balls down the banks and into the reservoir, an unconventional way to cover up the water to keep more cancer-linked bromate from forming.

Silver_lake_needs_a_new_namejpg_2 The presence of bromate was the whole reason the Silver Lake reservoir was drained earlier this year.

A full story about the balls and the bromate and the future of the man-made lakes from our own hard-working Francisco Vara-Orta is on the way. In the meantime, feel free to stare at these pix and marvel at the strange world in which we live.

Anyone else having Chuck E. Cheese/Ikea flashbacks?

--Veronique de Turenne

Photos: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

*A previous version of this post did not include the words "Ivanhoe Reservoir".