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Flint: Flush cold water lines to guard against lead

FLINT, Mich. - Flint is telling residents to use only cold water for drinking, cooking and making baby formula, a day after doctors urged the city to stop using the Flint River due to high lead levels in children.

The city won't stop drawing water from the river. But it recommended home filters Friday and urged people to flush cold water lines for five minutes. Over the next 30 to 60 days, officials hope to change the way it treats water.

They believe the change will reduce corrosion in the water, which is now causing lead to leach from old pipes.

On Thursday, a doctor said the percentage of children with high lead levels has nearly doubled this year. More than 4,000 gallons of bottled water have been donated for mixing infant formula.

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