By AMY WALLAUER
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg City Council unanimously approved a $7.2 million water system improvement plan Thursday night that will prevent bacteria from seeping into the city's water and ensure enough capacity for future expansion.
The next step is to get approval from the state Department of Health and Human Services so design of two filtration plants and a storage tank can begin.
The state offers a 20-year loan program at 3 percent interest for drinking water upgrades. City Manager Mark Baldwin said he will also research grant options.