Flint to get federal help in effort to reduce lead in water

The city of Flint will get help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as it seeks to reduce the amount of lead in drinking water.

The federal agency said in a statement Wednesday that Flint is within levels allowed for lead, but that the city's lead service lines can leach lead into drinking water. The agency says it's recommending Flint implement a plan to control corrosion of those service lines "as soon as possible."

The Flint Journal reports agency experts will join a Flint water advisory committee.

Virginia Tech researchers testing Flint's water earlier said that residents shouldn't drink or cook with city water without using a filter or flushing lines before each use.

The city has said it would take steps to reduce lead in drinking water by 2016.

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