Ray Stokes has never been one for hair-on-fire histrionics. After serving 26 years as the resident Wizard of Oz running the Central Coast Water Authority  Stokes knows a thing or two about droughts. The one California now finds itself caught in might be the worst.

“It’s very drastic,” stated the usually understated Stokes. Stokes was referring to last week’s decision by the State Water Resources Control Board to limit deliveries to no more than 5 percent of entitled allotments.

That means the Central Coast Water Agency (CCWA) will be allowed to take only 2,275 acre-feet this year.