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
  • Monday, June, 04, 2012 The Case for Automatic Pool Covers

    There’s so much good to say about automatic covers, let’s get the negatives out of the way first. The downsides really boil down to two things: First automatic covers are expensive, depending who you ask and the product being used, an automatic cover might add anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 to a residential pool or more in some of the trickier applications.

  • Tuesday, May, 15, 2012 Builder Voices: Mike Farley
    photo of Mike Farley, Landscape architect, designer and project manager, Claffey Pools, Southlake, Texas
    Mike Farley, Landscape architect, designer and project manager, Claffey Pools, Southlake, Texas. Mike Farley has been designing and building custom swimming pools and surrounding landscapes for more than 20 years in both California and Texas. He holds a degree in landscape
  • Tuesday, May, 01, 2012 The State of The Industry: Builders Moving Forward
    photo of a construction site
    Courtesy Roger Willis

    The swimming pool and spa construction industry made significant gains in 2011, which by all accounts are continuing in 2012. The AQUA builders survey found 59.2 percent of pool building companies reporting better revenues and 47.3 percent reporting an increase in the number of projects, all marginal...

  • Tuesday, April, 10, 2012 Managing Saltwater Pools Requires A Cocktail Approach
    photo of underwater view of a pool ledge with a ladder

    Once considered the perfect solution to pool and spa sanitizing challenges, saltwater chlorination systems have come under fire from some who express concerns about corrosion of metal components and damage to deck materials due to splash out. In this special feature, Senior Editor

  • Thursday, March, 29, 2012 The Finer Points Of Creating Bodies Of Water That Mimic Nature
    photo of a waterfall
    © Linda Oyama Bryan

    In next edition of AQUA Architecture, we're taking a walk into an area that doesn't draw much coverage in pool and spa magazines — the water garden. In this section you'll find "Natural Details," written by a good friend of mine, Tim Krezminski, founder of Laughing Waters, a Chicago-based firm...

  • Wednesday, March, 21, 2012 Selecting Soothing Settings For Portable Spas
    photo of patio area surrounding a hot tub
    photo courtesy Spas by Renee

    As homeowners demand more from their hot tub systems, manufacturers have responded with almost infinite combinations of jets, seating contours and other elements including lighting schemes and sound systems. For many homeowners, however, that level of luxury is just the beginning as they...

  • Friday, March, 09, 2012 The Experience Factor
    photo of lady with a hat lounging by a pool
    Flickr | Andrew Sorensen

    If you're like, me you've likely become fed up wondering when these economic doldrums are going to mercifully come to an end. Conjecture as to whether or not we're still in a recession, or entering into a double-dip, or on the way out has become so shopworn and tiresome it's hard to...

  • Wednesday, January, 25, 2012 The Water Proofing Conundrum

    Eric HermanI’d like to revisit a subject I dove into last summer in a blog titled “A Question of Compression,” which dealt the issue of compressive concrete standards for shotcrete and gunite installation. It’s a topic that seems to always draw strong opinions and one that remains at least in part unsettled for some, especially as it relates to the need...

  • Wednesday, December, 21, 2011 Powerful Reinventions
    photo of pool tile art
    photo courtesy Randy Beard | Pure Water Pools

    There's something wonderfully empowering within the concept of renewal. The idea that we always have an opportunity to improve the way we do things, that each day is a new beginning and that future is never lost so long as we believe we can make it better — such meditations always...

  • Friday, October, 21, 2011 Spa Enclosure A Key Component In Today's Better Backyards
    photo of gazebo

    The relationship between spas and the structures that surround them dates back to ancient societies. Today spa enclosures remain a key component in providing customers with comfort, privacy and at-home luxury. When coupled with gazebos and other non-aquatic shade structures, which also provide many of the same...