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Water conservation bill signed

DENVER ” After previously drawing environmentalists’ wrath, Gov. Bill Owens won their praise Wednesday by signing legislation that will provide $1.5 million for water conservation programs.

The bill Owens signed into law provides grants over the next three years for utilities and organizations.

“This is great news for cities and citizens all across the state,” said Bart Miller, water program director at the environmental group Western Resource Advocates.

Sara Duncan of Denver Water, the state’s largest water utility, said the grants will allow communities to keep pursuing “creative solutions to how we use water.”

Environmentalists criticized Owens earlier this week for his vetoes of 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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