Q.: We have been asked to supply a curing compound that meets the specifications of the Water and Power Resources Service. We have never heard of this Service and don't know anyone who has. Is this a state or federal agency?
A.: This is the name that was given to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from November 6, 1979 to May 20, 1981. The name was adopted to describe more accurately the current full scope of the Bureau's activities, including development of wind and water power. However, long use of the name U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (dating back to June 1902 when Teddy Roosevelt signed the bill that established it) made it virtually impossible to establish the new name. Not only did the general public continue to use the old name but news reporters continued to put it into their news dispatches. Furthermore agency employees found it hard to get used to the new name and they persisted in answering the telephone with the familiar and comfortable title "Bureau of Reclamation." As a result, the old and honored name was officially restored in 1981. If you need copies of "Water and Power Resources Service" specifications or publications, call the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. It is still at the Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225.