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10 U.S. Code § 2686 - Utilities and services: sale; expansion and extension of systems and facilities

(a) Under such regulations and for such periods and at such prices as he may prescribe, the Secretary concerned or his designee may sell or contract to sell to purchasers within or in the immediate vicinity of an activity of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, or Coast Guard, as the case may be, any of the following utilities and related services, if it is determined that they are not available from another local source and that the sale is in the interest of national defense or in the public interest:
Electric power.
Compressed air.
Sewage and garbage disposal.
Natural, manufactured, or mixed gas.
Mechanical refrigeration.
Telephone service.
Proceeds of sales under subsection (a) shall be credited to the appropriation currently available for the supply of that utility or service.
To meet local needs the Secretary concerned may make minor expansions and extensions of any distributing system or facility within an activity through which a utility or service is furnished under subsection (a).

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)



5:626s–1 (less words between semicolon and colon).


July 30, 1947, ch. 394, 61 Stat. 675; Aug. 8, 1949, ch. 403, § 5, 63 Stat. 576.

10:1269a (less words between semicolon and colon).


34:553b (less words between semicolon and colon).


5:626s–1 (words between semicolon and colon).

10:1269a (words between semicolon and colon).

34:553b (words between semicolon and colon).





In subsection (a), the words “within his establishment”, “of time”, and the opening clauses of 5:626s–1, 10:1269a, and 34:553b, are omitted as surplusage. The words “not available from another local source” are substituted for the words “not otherwise available from local private or public sources”.

In subsection (b), the words “of sales under subsection (a)” are substituted for the words “received for any such utilities and related services sold pursuant to the authority of said sections”. The words “or appropriations” are omitted as surplusage.

Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 2686, added Pub. L. 95–82, title V, § 504(a)(1), Aug. 1, 1977, 91 Stat. 371; amended Pub. L. 95–356, title V, § 503(a), Sept. 8, 1978, 92 Stat. 579; Pub. L. 96–125, title V, § 502(a), Nov. 26, 1979, 93 Stat. 940; Pub. L. 96–418, title V, § 504(a), Oct. 10, 1980, 94 Stat. 1765, related to military family housing leases, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 97–214, §§ 7(1), 12(a), July 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 173, 176, effective Oct. 1, 1982, and applicable to military construction projects, and to construction and acquisition of military family housing authorized before, on, or after such date. See section 2828(a), (b) of this title.


2021—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 116–283 substituted “Marine Corps, Space Force,” for “Marine Corps,” in introductory provisions.

1997—Pub. L. 105–85 renumbered section 2481 of this title as this section.

1959—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 86–156, § 1(1), substituted “concerned” for “of a military department” and inserted “or Coast Guard,” after “Marine Corps,”.

Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 86–156, § 1(2), struck out “of the military department” after “Secretary”.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Transfer of Functions

For transfer of authorities, functions, personnel, and assets of the Coast Guard, including the authorities and functions of the Secretary of Transportation relating thereto, to the Department of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections 468(b), 551(d), 552(d), and 557 of Title 6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section 542 of Title 6.