Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Requirements for Water-Related Contracting Activities

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: October 27, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the period seeking public comment on four draft Reclamation Manual releases for water-related contracting activities. These draft releases provide definitions of key terms and revise existing definitions, restructure and clarify Reclamation's water transfer and conversion policy, and consolidate and set-out basic pricing requirements for water-related contracts. The comment period was to close at 5 PM on October 28, 2011. Today’s announcement extends the comment period on all four releases to 5 PM on November 30, 2011.

The four draft releases available for review are:

  • Draft RM Policy Water-Related Contract and Repayment General Principles and Requirements (PEC P05).
  • Draft RM D&S Water Rates and Pricing (PEC 05-01).
  • Draft RM Policy Transfers and Conversions of Project Water (PEC 09).
  • Draft RM D&S Conversions of Project Water from Irrigation Use to Municipal and Industrial Use (PEC 09-01)
The Reclamation Manual establishes Reclamation requirements, assigns program responsibility and establishes and documents Reclamation methods of doing business.

These draft updates are available for detailed review at: A summary of the draft updates can be found at: Comments or questions may be directed to Owen Walker at

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