The Greater Lawrence Sanitary District serves the communities of Methuen, North Andover, Andover, and Lawrence in Massachusetts, and Salem, in New Hampshire. The clean environment each community enjoys is directly connected to their collaborative involvement in the District.
A rural farming town, Lawrence was transformed into a major industrial center when Boston entrepreneurs developed huge textile mills on the Merrimack River to use the power of its waterfalls. The mill owners built canals, a dam, a reservoir, boarding houses and a machine shop for locomotives, creating one of the first industrial complexes in the country. Despite the huge technological changes over the years, the manufacture of textiles and clothing is still central to Lawrence’s economy. Some of the finest names in apparel are made in the city.
Methuen is a community rich in history that can be seen in its neighborhoods of period architecture and romantic stone walls that speak to the city’s legendary past. A mere 25 miles north of Boston, Methuen has the village charm you’d expect in New England and the great amenities of a cultural city – a city with respect for its open space.
The Town of North Andover is located in Essex County, approximately 24 miles north of Boston. The Town lies along the banks of the Merrimack River, and is home to both the Greater Lawrence Sanitary district and the Lawrence Municipal Airport. Although North Andover contains several industrial parks, the town has retained a rural character and contains more than 3,000 acres of preserved open space.
Located just 20 miles north of Boston at the intersection of I-93 and I-495, Andover is a suburban community of 32 square miles and a population of 29,000. With easy access to Boston and Logan Airport, Andover is home to many of the largest high-technology firms such as Hewlett-Packard, Raytheon, Digital, Gillette, and Genetics Institute.
The Town of Dracut is a historic community located within the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. Dracut is part of the greater Lowell community and also borders the state of New Hampshire to its north. The town has a rich history as an agricultural center dating back to the 17th century. Though the town is now home to modern commercial and residential development, it still retains much of the rural character from its past in the form of beautiful landscapes and historic buildings.
The “Gateway to New Hampshire,” Salem is a town of 28,000 located in in Rockingham Country in the southeastern part of the state. Just over the Massachusetts border, Salem sits conveniently on I-93, midway between Boston and Concord, NH; making it 32 miles from the culture and excitement of the big city, yet less than an hour drive from the beauty and tranquility of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Lakes Region, and the Atlantic seacoast.