U.S. Department of the Interior


Date of this Version



Published by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, September 2003.


This technical note describes two artificial water catchment (guzzler) construction methods that are used in northern and southern Nevada. In northern Nevada, a standard guzzler unit is constructed, and a site is located in which to install it. In southern Nevada, the slickrock and artificial apron units are tailored to specific sites. Each of these methods includes detailed information on site selection, site preparation, selection and transport of materials and equipment, and step-by-step construction information. The technical note should give prospective builders enough information to construct a guzzler on their own. The note also includes information on construction methods and materials that have proven to be less than successful, and a brief section on other water development methods.