Rick Fontain was drafted into the U.S. Army at the height of the Vietnam War. As a draftee, he could expect a rapid trip to Southeast Asia. Except, his test answers and attitude, in the first week of Basic Training seem to have placed him on an entirely different career path.
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.