Ravenswood is moving forward with a major infrastructure project that will update the city’s water-distribution system.

According to Mayor Josh Miller, the city plans to file an application for federal assistance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service.

A public meeting to discuss the project is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Ravenswood Fire Department at 333 Virginia St. During the meeting, the public will be given an opportunity to become acquainted with the proposed project and to comment on economic and environmental impacts, the service area, or alternatives to the project.

Miller said he wants the process to be transparent and he welcomes public input.

The project will involve three components: First, is the refurbishing of three existing water tanks. The next step involves replacing components of the distribution system. Finally, the project involves upgrading controls and electrical systems as well as installing emergency generators at the water-treatment plant.

Miller said the project is necessary to meet future environmental requirements for water quality and is an upgrade the city has needed for a long time.