NEWBURG — Progress is being made toward providing water to Independence, according to Sheena Hunt, executive director of the Region VI Planning and Development Council.

At the town water board meeting Aug. 8, Hunt said she contacted Roger A. Earle, water coordinator of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Office of Abandoned Mine Land and Reclamation, regarding the Newburg project .

In an email, Earle wrote, “I have discussed the revised proposal with another AML [Abandoned Mine Lands] engineer. What is proposed seems acceptable, with some restrictions.”

The proposal would provide water service to about 28 new customers. This is less than half of the 70 customers who signed up for service.

“We don't want to give up on it (the larger project) but this is a start,” Mayor Edgar Fortney said. Newburg has worked toward providing water to the neighboring unincorporated community of Independence since 2008.