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  • Cal Hypo: The Facts

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) March 2017

    Calcium Hypochlorite, or cal hypo, is just about the most common, run-of-the-mill pool product you can think of, a staple of chlorine water sanitizing for decades and decades. However, that familiarity often breeds benign ignorance of cal hypo's particular features compared to other forms of chlorine and how these characteristics can affect water quality.

    Cal hypo is a concentrated source of chlorine in solid form and provides an easy method of delivering chlorine to the water. It...

  • What Can the Industry Expect from a Trump Administration?

    by Andrew Brown March 2017

    Since the inauguration, President Trump has initiated a series of sweeping changes in policy, with more to come. The question on everybody's mind is, "How will the new administration affect me?"

    Only time will tell for sure, but since the same party controls both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, there is a good chance that significant legislation will pass and become law. An industry that sits back and waits for these changes to happen puts itself at risk. That's why...

  • All About Alkalinity

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) February 2017

    Balancing pool and spa water is perhaps the fundamental job of the service pro, and total alkalinity is a key parameter in that process.

    What is Total Alkalinity?

    Total alkalinity is the amount of bicarbonate, plus the much smaller amount of carbonate, plus (in stabilized pools) the amount of cyanurate ions. It is

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  • Conserve and Protect: A Close Look at the APSP-13 Standard

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2017

    Early in 2016, as Californians braced themselves for another hot and dry summer, the clouds opened up and rain poured on the state, temporarily easing the squeezed water districts who had threatened homeowners with backyard pools. Fall brought further relief, buoying hopes that a good rainy season could even bring the historic drought to an end, at least in the north.

    But for Dan Johnson, a builder and consultant in Sarasota, on Florida's water-wealthy Gulf Coast, the rain did...

  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Now Open

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    The industry’s biggest design competition is back — APSP is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Awards of Excellence.

    Each year, hundreds of designs are entered from the world over, and each one carefully assessed for its technical prowess, aesthetic achievement and dedication to the craft. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the 2017 PSP Expo in Orlando,...

  • APSP: Expo Exposed!

    by APSP January 2017

    The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo was truly where it all came together for the pool and spa industry. Council meetings, seminars, training and parties took center stage as members mingled, conducted business and renewed acquaintances. Award winners were celebrated and recognized by their peers, leaving us all with a great reminder of what is good and honorable in our industry.

     

    Awards

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  • APSP University Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announces its winter lineup of live virtual, in-person and online self-paced courses for individuals in the aquatic field.

    "We have the training and professional certification courses for every level of experience and every budget," says APSP Director of Education Maria O'Hara. "Our winter course lineup gives students the flexibility they need in terms of timing and location."

    The list of classes includes:

  • APSP/NSPF Merger: What Happened?

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    As the industry digested the news this week that there will be no structural unification of APSP and NSPF, several questions have emerged. Among them — Why were the two boards unable to reach goals set forth in April, 2016, despite significant motivations? Where does the matter stand at present? What are the prospects going forward?

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  • Opinion: APSP/NSPF Merger Breakdown a Shame

    by Scott Webb January 2017

    When I first got word that the two most prominent industry associations were going to combine forces, honestly, I was inspired. They were attempting something heroic — reaching beyond their own individual interests for the good of all.

    More than just the practical benefit of representing the industry with a more powerful, unified voice, this was leadership. It was showing us how it's...

  • APSP, NSPF Unification Fails

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    In a surprise announcement today, APSP and NSPF said they were ending efforts aimed toward the unification promised in April of 2016. At that time, the two organizations declared that they would join together for the good of the industry, providing new focus for advocacy efforts.

    Over the months since the initial declaration that the groups would merge, speculation has grown as to the shape of the new combined...