The goal of the Public Services Department is to provide the residents and the businesses of Alma with services that assist in maintaining public health, and provide basic services and help improve the quality of life. The City of Alma's Public Services Department provides safe, potable water; sanitary sewer utilities and treatment; and the collection of household refuse which help maintain public health. Basic services such as transportation are maintained through the use of street construction, surface maintenance, and snow removal. The Public Services Department also helps improve the quality of life for area residents with its efforts to provide safe, pleasant parks; maintaining a system of walking trails along the Pine River, and maintaining buildings for public use such as the Library, as well as several picnic shelters.
The Public Services Department for The City of Alma is responsible for many functions and services. The Department is composed of four separate divisions which act semi-independent of one another but are also directly related in many ways. They include: Engineering, Public Works, Wastewater and Water.