LYNDEN, Wash. -- The City of Lynden can replace its aging water treatment plant thanks to a $12 million loan approved by the State Public Works Board. The new plant is one of 26 drinking water projects throughout the state approved for low-interest loans through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Lynden Public Works Director Steve Banham says the new plant is needed to guarantee clean, reliable water into the future. He says the current water treatment facility would stay in operation while the new plant is being built, so water customers in Lynden will continue to see clean water during and after construction. The city will likely seek construction bids starting early next year. Water bills in Lynden are going up in order to repay the loan.