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  • Pump Standards Agreement Reached

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    An agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps was approved last week by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee.

    Based on DOE’s analysis, the standards will save more than 400 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity over 30 years of sales or the equivalent amount of electricity used annually by 37 million U.S. households, making it one of the biggest energy savings...

  • APSP Awards Lowry Grant

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has awarded the 2016 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Riverside County California Department of Environmental Health at the National Environmental Health Association/Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference in San Antonio, TX.

    Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a long-time member of APSP and the Recreational Water Quality...

  • Study: Safety is Paramount for Customers Interested in a Pool or Spa

    by Barrett Kilmer July 2016

    Last fall APSP hired leading consumer research firm Gallup to poll pool owners and non-owners about their attitudes toward its members' products. The company gathered more than 4,000 completed surveys covering a wide range of pool-related issues, including key drivers behind decisions to buy and factors that prevented non-owners from considering pool purchases.

    Many results were predictable and positive, such as the value consumers placed on the family togetherness and health...

  • New APSP Chapter Forms in Pacific NW

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    APSP has a new chapter called the Pacific Northwest APSP chapter, with members from both Oregon and Washington state. The new Pacific NW chapter was created by pool and spa professionals who were formerly members of chapters in Seattle and Portland, but no longer had active APSP chapters in which to participate.

    “Several of us from both regions decided that it was time to pull together individuals and companies that wanted to revitalize the group to create a new chapter with a...

  • APSP Appoints New RWQ Members

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Four new members have been appointed to the Recreational Water Quality Committee of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. Joseph Laurino, president and CEO of Periodic Products, joins the RWQ Committee as chairman. Laurino replaces Stanley Pickens, who has stepped down after a long tenure of exceptional service. 

    Also new on the RWQ Committee are Jeff Boynton, general manager of Delta UV Corporation; Kenneth Gregory, compliance and safety manager of aquatic systems for...

  • Time is Running Out to Submit AOE Entries

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Each year, APSP honors the most stunning examples of workmanship, creativity and beauty in the pool and spa industry with the annual Awards of Excellence. Thinking about submitting one of your projects for consideration? Act fast — submissions close June 30.

    "Why should I enter?" you may wonder. Several reasons. First: the more submissions APSP receives, the more they can promote the benefits of the pool and spa lifestyle to consumers, which means everyone wins.

  • ...And the APSP Award Goes To...

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    We all want to belong to something. And making that something better, stronger and more successful is what association membership is all about.

    Traditionally, awards programs are a way to show gratitude to volunteers, encourage achievement and reward accomplishment. This year, APSP is enhancing its awards program to honor and recognize the many people who contribute to the success of the industry through their involvement with the Association. Mixing traditional categories with new...

  • APSP and NSPF: Leadership On Display

    by Scott Webb June 2016

    Back in April, APSP and NSPF made the biggest industry news in years when they sat down and hammered out a bold and radical proposal to rationalize and unify their organizations.

    And here we are, several weeks later — the promise is made, the headlines have been splashed and now, the hard work lies before them. They must be murmuring to each other over the water cooler, "Can you believe we signed up for this?!"

    Imagine yourself, you, Mrs. Pool And Spa store owner, or you,...

  • APSP Fights For Industry Recognition

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals went back to Capitol Hill last month to ensure that pools and spas are not left out of the energy and tax incentive debate.
    APSP Energy Efficiency Coalition members Scott Petty, Hayward Pool Products; Jeff Farlow, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Joe Valentino, Speck Pumps; and Shajee Siddiqui, Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., talked with members of Congress...

  • SOI 2016: What Do Consumers Think About Pools and Spas?

    by Barrett Kilmer May 2016

    In 2007, the pool building business hit a high-water mark, with approximately 180,000 new pools put into the ground. A year later, the housing market collapsed and plunged the nation into a deep recession. Sales slumped. Builders went bust.

    The stronger builders found their footing and continued installing new pools, though in smaller numbers. After five years of slow, post-recession growth, last year builders only installed around 55,000 inground pools in the United States.