Chasing The Water Source To The End Of The Road

Typical manually regulated canal

Typical manually regulated canal

In this third and final post about where the water comes from that supplies the coastal villages in this region of the north coast of the Dominican Republic, we venture even further out to the rocky rivers that run off the mountains and feed our system of canals and viaducts.

Some of these boulders blocked the roads

Some of these boulders blocked the roads

As you will see in these videos, calling some of these roads by the name “roads” is a bit of a stretch. When you get this far back off-the-beaten-path you are just happy to have a relatively flat trail to ride on. At least they have poured concrete pads across some of the rivers so that you can drive through the river to get to the other side…. that is if you are willing to drag a few boulders here and there from the path.

Series of water catching stations, canals and viaducts

Series of water catching stations, canals and viaducts

This simple little venture out to take a few videos of the source of our water turned out to be quite a little adventure, but we had a great time trying to keep the car on the road and seeing a part of the north coast that was unfamiliar to us. Keep asking the questions so we can venture off to discover another hidden gem.

In this next set of videos…..

In video 5 of our 6 part series we venture further up into the river region, just under the mountains that feed the rivers.  Along the way we had to strap up some large boulders and drag them off the road to be able to pass through.  I think you will agree that the boulder fields of several of these rivers are quite impressive and having driven out there three times to get all the footage, I can tell you that they are constantly shifting with the heavy rains they catch up in this area.


In video 6 we finally make it as far as we can go on this little quest for the source of the water. Oooops, there is about a one minute gap in the audio near the first of this video… don’t worry the audio starts again in just a minute. The roads end and we reach the final water collection facility.  We will also summarize our little venture and remind you why we are so confident that water will never be a problem for us living on this portion of the north coast of the Dominican Republic, no matter what happens to the power grid.


If you have any suggestions of things you would like to see or learn about the north coast of the Dominican Republic, or for that matter anywhere on this large island, then leave us a comment and let us know.    If you would like to see more of these “explorer” types of videos let us know that too.

For now, it’s Barry in the DR heading out to take some families out on their own discovery tour of the north coast.

Paul fromMichigan January 12, 2015 at 12:42 am

Nice job Barry! I am a person who like to see the total area of any source. Is it possible to get permission to film inside these government area to show how large the back up water is? Have you considered film from the air this water source?


Barry January 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Not going back for I’m just to busy with nonstop folks for the next three months. Thanks for the kind words.

Kalin February 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Thanks for the valuable info here, Barry. I watched all of your water vids consecutively and in order.

Since you asked, I’d be interested in seeing a video on a major shipping port and how the imported products are received and distributed (i.e. automobiles, petroleum products, etc.) – since you’re the only one on the web that does it. Perhaps even the process, cost and perils of shipping stuff from the USA and Europe to the DR. After all, it is an Island. Thanks again!

Barry February 2, 2015 at 4:15 am

That’s a great idea for a video. When I have time I just may do that but its a lot of distance to cover and with all the folks visiting it may be awhile. Just a thought to consider. We all live on islands just some of them are separated by borders. Every land mass is surrounded by water. Hell of a good idea about the video thanks

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