Shade balls are the chosen answer to several problems faced by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power with their open air reservoirs in the area. The EPA has mandated that such reservoirs be covered. Sunlight has been causing a reaction turning bromide in the water into bromate. a suspected cancer causing chemical. And, in the wake of multiple years of severe drought, open air reservoirs lose millions of gallons of water to evaporation.
Equipment is check and rechecked. Supplies are loaded up and secured. A distinctive scent fills the air as engines crank and diesel fuel turns into smoke.
Such was the frequent scene as Soldiers from Gamble Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and the Distribution Company, Grand Duke Vytenis Main Support Logistics Battalion, Lithuanian Land Forces transported supplies in Poland from Aug. 10-15, 2015.