News Release Archive

Water Contracting Draft Releases Reissued for Public Comment

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: January 04, 2012

The Bureau of Reclamation has reissued for public comment four draft Reclamation Manual releases regarding water-related contracting activities. These draft releases provide definitions of key terms and revise existing definitions for water-related contracts, restructure and clarify Reclamation's water transfer and conversion policy and consolidate and set-out basic pricing requirements for water-related contracts. Comments are due to Reclamation by April 3.

The four draft releases 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).

These releases have been updated to reflect comments received during the first comment period from September 29 to November 30. The changes are highlighted with redline-strikeout throughout the documents.

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

# # #

Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at and follow us on Twitter @USBR.

Relevant Link:

Reclamation Manual