At the SRA-TX, we strive to purchase goods and services that are determined to be the best value to meet our business needs. We support open, fair, and unrestricted competition in selecting products and services with equal opportunity for all vendors. All qualified firms including small, minority, and women owned businesses are encouraged to engage in our business opportunities. It is our responsibility to ensure that procurement of any expenditures is done in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas as well as SRA-TX policies and procedures. Our purchasing department and your business contacts at SRA-TX will be glad to assist you or direct you to the appropriate person should any questions or issues arise.
Authority General Office – Purchasing
SRA-TX has established the following levels of purchasing authority:
In general, contracts for construction and repairs of facilities and for the purchase of equipment, materials, and machinery should be in accordance with Chapter 49, Section 273 of the Texas Water Code.
Purchases between $25,000 and $75,000
Such purchases of goods and services require a minimum of three (3) written quotes on standard specifications which must be solicited when practical.
Purchases of $75,000 and Over
Chapter 49 of the Texas Water Code requires competitive bidding or proposals for all SRA-TX contracts exceeding $75,000. The law prohibits any SRA-TX employee from making “separate, sequential, or component” purchases to avoid the competitive bidding requirements. These purchases require legal advertising and formal sealed bids or proposals to be received at a public bid opening.
A process similar to the sealed competitive bid procedure, the Request for Proposal (RFP) may be used for the procurement of goods and services that are highly specialized and technical in nature or for the purchase of insurance.
SRA-TX also participates in cooperative purchasing programs such as through the Statewide Procurement Division, inter-local agreements with other agencies and local governments. Competitive bidding requirements do not apply to purchases through these cooperative programs.