Quarries eyed for additional water

September 24, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City and county officials say they will start looking for additional sources of water in the county to help spur economic growth in the area.

Old rock quarries, which hold millions of gallons of water, are possible sources, officials said.

One quarry that could be used for a water source is near the newly opened Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va., said Berkeley County Administrator Deborah Sheetenhelm.

Another quarry with large reserves of water is near Capitol Cement Corp. on South Queen Street in Martinsburg, officials said.

Berkeley County Commissioner Robert L. Burkhart said a large amount of water is wasted in the South Queen Street quarry. The City of Martinsburg has to pump the quarry regularly to prevent it from flooding, he said.

Limited water sources in the county became an issue when officials tried to lure a major industry to the area.

Frito-Lay was considering building a plant in southern Berkeley County, but there was not enough public water for the operation, said Commissioner D. Wayne Dunham.


"You don't know, there might be another Frito-Lay down the road," said Dunham.

If the Martinsburg City Council and Berkeley County Commission decide they want the water supplies, one of the next steps would be finding a way to distribute the water, said Burkhart.

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