I took these photos on October 7, 2012. The Desert Water Agency relandscaped its property on Gene Autry Trail (just south of Dinah Shore Dr.) in 2007 and says that the Agency removed 70% of its original grass and planted drought tolerant landscaping. Its annual water savings is 43%. Not bad. We were told that the total cost of the conversion (including irrigation) was $500,000.
Around the Coachella Valley, we see more and more of this type of landscaping. At Villa Riviera, most of us don't see the north or south property frontage and we could easily convert much of our lawn area to a desert look with decomposed granite and drought tolerant plants.
Todd Bianco, Villa Riviera Treasurer