Eric Herman
A writer/editor with 32 years experience covering a wide range of business, technical, scientific and cultural topics, Eric joined the AQUA staff in August 2011 following 12 years as editor and co-founder of WaterShapes Magazine. He now serves as AQUA's senior editor. He can be reached at eric@aquamagazine.com.
  • Thursday, March, 09, 2017 Indoor Pools: How to Clear the Air and Help Swimmers Breathe

    A major goal for the new indoor aquatics center at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., was to improve the quality of the air swimmers breathe during workouts through the use of a system that pulls in disinfection by-products and chloramines from just above the water's surface.

    To that end, a stainless steel gutter system surmounted by a Paddock Chloramine Evacuator System was installed on all four sides of the pool by designer/builder Bill Drakeley of the Drakeley Pool...

  • Tuesday, February, 28, 2017 Demand for Fiberglass Doubles — Experts Explain Why

    {bglink 4680}In 2006, fiberglass pools accounted for 8 percent of inground residential pool sales, according to P.K. Data. In 2015 that market share rose to 16 percent.

    Although that apparent doubling in market share comes with caveat — the P.K. Data numbers are based on sales in areas requiring pool permits, which necessarily excludes large market regions where permits are not required — there is ample evidence of a surge in fiberglass popularity.

    "We can look at...

  • Thursday, February, 23, 2017 Embracing the Deep End

    Two out of three adults in the U.S. are afraid of deep water.

    I first heard that stat by way of a presentation at the 2008 World Aquatic Health Conference, and it still makes me stop and think. This pervasive fear must have major negative implications for the swimming pool and aquatics industries. After all, if people are afraid to go in water over their head, they are almost certain to avoid purchasing a swimming pool or using a commercial or public aquatic facility. There really...

  • Tuesday, February, 21, 2017 Understanding Advanced Oxidation Process

    Hydroxyl radicals exist for only a tiny fraction of a second. The reason for their extreme brevity is simple: hydroxyl radicals are remarkably reactive. So reactive, in fact, that they are far more potent as an oxidizer than chlorine gas, ozone or hypochlorous acid; that makes them well suited for oxidizing disinfection byproducts.

    Hydroxyl radicals are so short lived, however, they are still only part of the water treatment picture, but their power is being harnessed to improve...

  • Wednesday, February, 15, 2017 De-Vinyl Lines

    {bglink 4683}Proponents of vinyl-liner/package pools believe the time has come (and passed) to let go of the stigma that once plagued their branch of the industry's family tree. No longer should vinyl liner pools be considered simply aboveground pools sunken into the ground nor should the term "baggies" ever be uttered again.

    The reason, they say, is that the package pool industry has evolved dramatically in recent years and now offers a list of benefits that compares favorably to...

  • Monday, February, 13, 2017 Finding Hope

    Within the walls of the Ruben M. Torres State Prison in Hondo, Tex., pool builder Michael Logsdon is helping inmates find hope for themselves and make a new start in life.

    For the past three years, Logsdon, a landscape architect and pool builder located in nearby Boerne, has...

  • Thursday, January, 05, 2017 Chemical Mistake Prompts Resort Evacuation

    Two maintenance workers at a Door County, Wisc., were sent to a hospital Wednesday morning after pool chemicals were improperly mixed, according to a report on local news station WBAY. The mixture caused a reaction that in turn formed vapors, making it difficult for people at the resort to breathe. The resort was evacuated as a result.

    Guests at Westwood Shores Waterside Resort left...

  • Wednesday, December, 21, 2016 An Age of Design

    When we talk about "design," what are we really talking about?

    Naturally, the answer varies on the type of design being considered and certainly the person answering the question. Plus, there's always the "eye of beholder" principle: One person's idea of great design might to another look like an...

  • Tuesday, November, 29, 2016 ‘Blue Mind’: An Exploration of the Benefits of Being Near Water

    We all know that human beings have an innate love of water, but do we really know why? Is it that our bodies are comprised mostly of water, or is it because the earth’s surface is nearly three quarters aquatic? Or is it something else?

    In what should arguably be required reading for those of us in the aquatics industries, author Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, offers a wonderfully comprehensive analysis of those questions in “

  • Tuesday, October, 25, 2016 Inside Chlorine's Staying Power

    For all of the criticism and market pressure brought to bear on traditional chlorination, proponents point out that despite popular concerns and a spectrum of available alternatives, chlorine has remained indispensable for many professionals and consumers alike — a fact that is not likely to change anytime soon.

    In 1908, Jersey City, N.J., became the first city in the U.S. to apply full-scale chlorination to its drinking water. Within a few short years, other major cities including...