ALMA – The city of Alma will be flushing in more ways than one this weekend.

One flushing program will be set up to help the city maintain high water quality while the other will help its citizens get rid of items they no longer want or need.

The water main flushing exercise, which is essential maintenance work, will affect some of Alma’s water customers located throughout the system. The procedure will start on Friday and is expected to take three days to complete.

The flushing will be carried out between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. each day in order to minimize disruption to service.

“The flushing of the mains will help ensure that the water department can continue to provide its customers with a high quality product,” said Alma Public Works Director Mark Yardley. “This work will temporarily affect the water quality and level of service provided to some customers. Every effort will be made to ensure continuity of water supply during the flushing process.”

Yardley said some customers will experience temporary discoloration of their water due to the maintenance work. If this is experienced, he said, it is recommended that the customer run the water for several minutes until it clears. While consumption of discolored water will not present a hazard to customers, Yardley said if the discoloration persists then customers should contact the water department.

Customers are also advised not to wash white clothes with discolored water. Yardley said if a customer’s clothing becomes stained through washing they can pick up a small quantity of chemical to remove the discoloration from the water department at no cost.

“We’re asking our customers to please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause,” Yardley said. “Customers’ patience with the water department will be greatly appreciated.”

Customers needing to speak to water department personnel can call the police department at (479) 632-3333 during evening hours or the water department at (479) 632-2254 during normal business hours.

The city’s other project for helping citizens flush out unwanted property is the annual Spring Cleanup Dumpster Day which will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the dumpsters are filled) at the Alma Middle School parking lot.

This event is limited to city of Alma residents only. They are required to bring identification for residential address verification.

Items that can be dropped off include: unwanted household items, electronics (televisions and computer equipment), furniture (box springs, mattresses, couches, chairs), barbecue grills, bicycles, exercise equipment, appliances and water heaters.

Items that cannot be dropped off include: hazardous waste, paint, propane tanks, liquids of any kind, household trash, yard debris, trimmings, sod, stumps, rocks and concrete.