Washington Governor proposes water supply legislation
"I believe that Washington has enough water to meet all of our needs. We just need to manage it better," Locke said.
Two bills Locke proposed Thursday would address unresolved issues surrounding the management and use of water rights by municipal water suppliers.
Locke has proposed a $16 million package in the state capital budget to provide safe drinking water and water-storage.
He says the money will also be used to resolve conflicts over the municipal and agricultural use of water versus the need to preserve the fish habitat.
The bills in the Senate are similar to the governor's, said Sen. Jim Honeyford says, R- Sunnyside. Honeyford said he intends to work with Locke to get the legislation passed quickly.
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