Mercy Care Chamblee, a community health center serving mostly uninsured patients, opened on Peachtree Road in April 2017. DeKalb officials previously told Mercy Care it would need to build a holding tank before it could open, but then found an alternate solution.
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Sewage spills create a hurdle for some DeKalb businesses

DeKalb officials says the county is open for business, but companies have to check whether they’ll strain a spill-prone sewer system before they can open.

The county is trying to continue economic development while at the same time preventing the risk of more sewage spills, like two overflows that spewed more than 10 million gallons of waste last month.

Ted Rhinehart, the county’s deputy chief operating officer for infrastructure, says the government will give companies a clear, predictable answer about whether additional work is needed along with new construction.

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