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
  • Tuesday, July, 03, 2012 Who Are The Pool Design Masters?
    image of poolCourtesy Paco Pools and Spas

    For years now, I’ve taken the view that aquatic design — a field in which I would include pools, spas, and also ponds, streams, waterfalls, fountains, marine exhibits, Asian gardens, water parks and constructed wetlands — should be considered both an emerging art form and hopefully someday an academic...

  • Tuesday, June, 26, 2012 Scenes of Beauty: A Wright Legacy - Taliesin West
    image of Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZPhotos courtesy Eric Herman

    Frank Lloyd Wright began work on the hypnotically beautiful Taliesin West in 1937 at age 70. Located in the dramatic arid landscape of the Sonora Desert in Scottsdale Ariz., at the foot of the McDowell Mountains overlooking the Paradise Valley, the 500-acre site had no water, electricity and no...

  • Thursday, June, 21, 2012 Essential Filtration
    photo of curvy pool

    Few stop to consider the point, but the technologies we view as a daily matter of doing business in the pool and spa industry are really just smaller versions of some of the most massive, complex and important hydraulic systems ever created. Within this broader framework, there's an opportunity to better understand the past, present and future of water...

  • Monday, June, 11, 2012 Dealing With Customers' Bad Taste In Pool Design

    Eric HermanThere are few generalizations that hold up across the board almost without exception, but if there’s one that does it can be found in the old adage “opinions are like noses, everybody has one.” Yes, opinions are universal to us humans and if there’s a place that nugget doesn’t hold up, there are some people who unfortunately don’t have a nose. 

  • 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...