About Us

Background & History

The Greenlawn Water District was established in July 1927. The first recorded minutes of the Board of Commissioners are dated August 8, 1927, and its first officers were Elwood Powell, G. Fred Ellis, and Edward Smith. Isaac R. Swezey was engaged as Counsel, and Harold C. Stevens as Engineer.

The first well was drilled in 1928. For several years, this well and the 360,000-gallon standpipe on Alvord Court were the District’s sole facilities.

Communities surrounding the original village area were gradually added to the District, and today the enlargements comprise South Greenlawn, Laurel Hill, Commack, and South Elwood. The District boundaries stretched to include thirteen square miles, roughly bounded on the north by Route 25A, on the east by Townline and Commack Roads, on the south by Jericho Turnpike, with Cherry Lane and Lake Road to the west.

Not surprisingly, as the District grew, so did its facilities. The original standpipe, dubbed “the water tower,” was dismantled and replaced by a 1,500,000-gallon capacity standpipe. During the 1950’s, two large storage tanks were built with a combined capacity of 1,500,000. A 3,000,000-gallon underground tank was added in 1970 for even greater fire protection.

Cooperation with Fire Districts in the testing and maintenance of fire hydrants became a larger aspect of the District’s service to the community. The number of Fire Districts grew from the Greenlawn Fire Department to include portions of Centerport, Commack, East Northport, Huntington Manor, and Dix Hills. The number of hydrants to be maintained grew from a scattering to approximately 1,250.

The District office on Railroad Street was enlarged in 1957 and added a shop and garage in 1975. A telemetering system was installed to facilitate automatic operation of the pumping stations and storage tanks. Another storage facility, dubbed “the big red barn”, was added in 2006.

The present Board of Commissioners takes pride in the planning of new facilities together with an accomplishment of a different sort…keeping our water rates low while meeting today’s stringent water quality requirements.