WASHINGTON -- Several environmentalist groups yesterday publicly went on the attack against President Clinton for the first time for failing to include enough money in his budget to clean up the nation's water.

Cities and towns eventually must build between $400 billion and $500 billion of water cleanup facilities to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, but Clinton is proposing to provide less than $4 billion a year in federal aid, according to a report released jointly by the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Water Education Council.

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