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Flint — 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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