Governor Owens Signs Water Bill, Pleases Environmentalists

DENVER Governor Bill Owens has received plenty of criticism from environmentalists lately, but Wednesday Owens is winning their praise for signing legislation that will provide $1.5 million dollars for water conservation programs. The new law provides grants for utilities and organizations over the next three years.

Bart Miller of the environmental group Western Resource
Advocates says the law is great news for cities and residents across the state. Denver Water, which is the state's largest water utility, also backs the new law. Spokeswoman Sara Duncan says the grants will allow communities to keep pursuing ``creative solutions'' to use and conserve water.

Environmentalists criticized Owens earlier this week for vetoing bills promoting energy efficiency and allowing counties to use tax revenue to acquire open space. Owens said the bills were flawed.

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