SAWS Open Records Center

Submitting open records requests under the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) is quick and easy using SAWS Open Records Center.

  • Submit an open records request
  • Manage your existing requests

COVID-19’s Impact on Open Records Requests at SAWS

While our office continues to work diligently to respond to open records requests in the order they are received, please note that recent disaster declarations made at the state and local level may impact the time frame in which you receive a response. Due to the Stay Home Work Safe Measures made in the recent disaster declarations, access to some SAWS records may be limited. In the event you have requested records which cannot be accessed by SAWS staff while working remotely, the deadline for SAWS to provide a response under the Texas Public Information Act (the “Act”) may be tolled.

For more information on calculating business days amid the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Office of the Attorney General’s website. You are encouraged to submit open records requests online.

Effective immediately, all open records requests submitted to SAWS via email must be submitted directly to OpenRecords@saws.org. This procedure will ensure you receive a prompt response in accordance with the Act.


Tips for a Successful Open Records Request

A public information request must be in writing. A governmental body is not required to answer questions, perform legal research, or create new information in response to your public information request.

Providing as much information as possible within your request will allow departments to complete your request more efficiently. Information such as: name, address, date range, subject matter, and account number (if relevant to your request).

For more information about the TPIA or open records requests, you may wish to refer to the Office of the Attorney General’s Open Government website.

Will there be a fee?

Requests expected to exceed $40 will be provided with a cost estimate for your approval.

Standard fees (non-exclusive list):

  • Paper copies (single-sided, black and white, standard size 8.5 x 11) – $0.10 per page
  • General labor – $15 per hour (when over 50 pages are requested or records are provided electronically)
  • Overhead 20% of the general labor (when applicable)
  • Additional fees for postage and providing documents on CD or DVD may be assessed

Other Options for Requesting Information

You can also submit your requests:

By Mail:

San Antonio Water System
Attention: Open Records
P.O. Box 2449
San Antonio, Texas 78298

By email:

openrecords@saws.org


In Person:

San Antonio Water System
2800 U.S. Highway 281 North
San Antonio, Texas 78298

By Fax:

210-233-4105

How do I make a request for records from another City of San Antonio entity?

Please contact The City of San Antonio at openrecords@sanantonio.gov and/or CPS Energy at open_records@cpsenergy.com.