These bans can be enforced by using “water cops,” or hot lines where neighbors “rat out” each other or even putting on a flow-restrictor for “egregious” offenders, Hill said. Raising rates also can reduce demand, he said. “This has been shown to have an immediate effect on reducing demand but sometimes you get angry people,” he said. As a last resort, agencies could ration water. It could range from a flat percentage to allotments by house or people in the home, or a combination of some of these, Hill said. Whittier-area water officials called the conference informative, but none committed themselves to any of the suggestions. In fact, Garry Hofer, spokesman for Suburban, said his company has no plans for any rationing in the short-term future. “Suburban is somewhat insulated from the drought,” Hofer said. “We have six different sources of supply from different agencies.” But Bob Noonan, an Orchard Dale board member, said his district, which could face cutbacks, needs to get prepared. “The future is here,” Noonan said. “We’re going to look at doing all of these things.” Tom Lopez, assistant director of public works for Santa Fe Springs, said many of the suggestions already are on the books in his city. But it’s been more than a decade since they were passed, and they need to be reviewed again, Lopez said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “(You need to) develop a plan for what you’re going to do if we end up in a dry year,” Stuart said. Officials from Central Basin, a water wholesaler and member of the Metropolitan Water District that serves the southeast area of Los Angeles County, suggested a variety of ways to reduce demand for water. While any plan should begin with a public-information campaign, as the situation gets worse tougher measures may be needed, said David Hill, water resources manager for Central Basin. Restrictions can be placed on how water is used, Hill said. The city of Long Beach already has 14 restrictions, including banning restaurants from automatically serving water to customers, or homeowners from watering their lawn between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or washing driveways with a hose unless it’s a water-conserving pressurized cleaning device, said Matt Lyons, director of planning and conservation for Long Beach’s Water Department. NORWALK – Local plans to ensure that water keeps flowing amid the driest period in California history could include everything from public information to price increases to actual rationing, regional water officials said Thursday. Officials from Central Basin Municipal Water District and others presented ways for local agencies to deal with the drought Thursday in a morning conference at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex. About 30 people from 14 agencies, including the cities of Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs, Orchard Dale Water District and Suburban Water Systems, were present. “We’re praying for rain, but planning for dry water conditions,” said Mark Stuart, chief of the southern district for the state Department of Water Resources.