The commune of Laroque was one of the first to be equipped with both public and private electric lighting.
As it was difficult to move around at night in the unlit roads, the municipality considered it a good idea to have electricity installed in the village. At that
For its inauguration in 1898, all the
It was said that someone from a
This ancient factory was able to produce electricity due to the power of the water flowing down a cast iron pipe from a reservoir 300
The used water was
In 1923 the electricity plant was closed as it was too expensive to run. It had been necessary to buy land for its installation, there had been fees for the rights to use the water from the irrigation channel and somebody needed to be paid to be in charge of the station. During periods of draught, there were problems with the lighting either not working at all or intermittently
After the factory was closed, the village children used the reservoir as a swimming pool and then as it dried up, it became a meeting place for ‘
The building was then used by the hunters and you can still see the benches used for cutting up the game.