(Centre) Resident Ms Brenda Salina is joined by her Member of Parliament and Minister of Public Utilities, Marvin Gonzales MP, as well as Councillor for the area Dwayne Mora, T&TEC’s GM Kelvin Ramsook and the T&TEC crew who would have been involved in the installation of 127 LEDs and 100 poles along the Lopinot Main Road. (Image courtesy Ministry of Public Utilities)

Lopinot residents are now enjoying an improved water supply and better streetlighting, following the completion of two public utility projects implemented by the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), and financed by the Ministry of Public Utilities.

The projects involved the installation of streetlights on a section of the Lopinot Main Road by T&TEC, and an improved and increased water supply to La Pastora Village, Lopinot, due to the construction of an intake along the Lopinot River by WASA.  

A ceremony was held on Tuesday 26 October 2021 to mark the completion of the streetlighting project, and the launch of the La Pastora Intake Project.  In attendance was Marvin Gonzales MP, the Minister of Public Utilities and Member of Parliament for Lopinot/Bon Air West.

Minister of Public Utilities, Marvin Gonzales MP and Member of Parliament for Lopinot/Bon Air West delivers the Feature Address at Tuesday’s function. (Image courtesy Ministry of Public Utilities)

Minister Gonzales noted the water project would have a tremendous impact on the quality of life of persons from the area. He recalled one resident’s emotional plea for a reliable water supply while he was campaigning during the 2020 General Election, and said that the interaction was one that would remain with him for the rest of his life.

The Minister also pledged his commitment to transforming the public utilities services across the country to the benefit of the citizenry.

“My responsibility, going past the politics, is to improve their living circumstances … because the resources of the people of Trinidad and Tobago are to be put to the benefit of the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” the minister asserted.

Brenda Salina, a resident of the area, spoke about the impact of the streetlights on the community. She noted that in the past, residents were sometimes stranded since it was not considered safe to travel along the road in the dark of night.  She said the long stretch of winding road had been without lights for 40 years.

The streetlighting project, which involved the involved the installation of 127 LEDs and 100 poles along the Lopinot Main Road, was completed at a total cost of approximately $1.17 million.

The La Pastora Intake Project will be completed in two months at an estimated cost of approximately $1.63 million.