Right to Know

The Downingtown Municipal Water Authority complies with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law. Requests for examination or copies of public records should be made in writing on the Right-to-Know Uniform Request Form.

The completed request form may be presented in person, by mail, by facsimile, or by electronic means. Records in possession of the Downingtown Municipal Water Authority are presumed to be a public record unless they fall within a listed exemption, are privileged or are protected from disclosure under a federal or state law or regulation or court order.

“Record” Definition:

The term “record” means information in any form documenting a “transaction or activity” of an agency. Records include: documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, film or sound recordings, electronically maintained information, date and image processed documents.

Record Format:

A public record will be provided in the medium in which it exists, except that a public record which is kept in electronic format will be duplicated on paper if requested. The Borough of Downingtown will not compile, maintain, format or organize a public record in a manner in which it does not already do so, nor will it create a public record which does not currently exist in response to a request.

Prepayment: Copying fees estimated to exceed $100 require prepay.

Response Time: Five (5) business days Grant or deny request for records.)

Denial/Appeal: Fifteen (15) business days Time limit for appeal of denial to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. See address below.

Judicial Review: Court of Common Pleas Decision of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records may be appealed to Chester County Common Pleas Court.

More information can be found at the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website.