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, May, 24, 2016 2016 SOI Builder Report: Building Optimism

    Of the industry's three main segments — builders, servicers and retailers — those who design, engineer and construct new pools and spas are by far the most dependent on new consumers entering the market. While service and retail companies can thrive on aftermarket sales, builders largely rely on the decision to install a new pool and/or spa to keep the home fires burning.

    Back in the depths of recession, many builders muddled through with repairs and minor renovations, and today,...

  • Tuesday, May, 03, 2016 Why You Should Own IPSSA's Water Chemistry Training Manual

    For those of us who are fascinated by water chemistry, especially of the pool and spa kind, there's a wonderful new resource well worth considering. The Independent Pool & Spa Service Association recently announced the release of its Basic Training Manual (2016 Revised Edition), Part I — Water Chemistry, by Robert W. Lowry. When it comes to the world of pool and spa water...

  • Wednesday, April, 20, 2016 Is Fiber-Reinforced Concrete the Material of the Future?

    Back in January, leak-detection and repair specialist Nathan Weston of Naples, Fla., reached out to AQUA with a simple observation:

    "I've been in this business since 1992 and have broken through something in the neighborhood of 3,000 decks. A normal deck is not hard to get through; you create a hole with your jackhammer and then pieces start easily breaking off and it goes pretty fast. But when I have to break through a fiber-reinforced deck, it's at least twice as hard, if...

  • Monday, April, 18, 2016 5 Common Fiberglass Concerns, Addressed
  • Tuesday, April, 05, 2016 An Olympic-Size Metaphor

    How many times have we seen the comparison? A volume of liquid of some kind is expressed in the number of Olympic-size swimming pools it would fill. Over the years some of the examples I’ve personally read or heard include the amount of guacamole consumed on Super Bowl Sunday, tears cried after JFK was assassinated and beer quaffed during Oktoberfest. Without revisiting those calculations, suffice to say in each case, it was a lot...

  • Tuesday, March, 22, 2016 Making the Perfect Wave

    In the highly specialized world of creating the perfect man-made wave, legendary surfer Kelly Slater may have just pulled off the equivalent of the Manhattan Project.

    In December, Slater released a video called

  • Thursday, March, 17, 2016 The Western Pool & Spa Show: A Comforting Tradition

    I attended my first Western Pool & Spa Show way back in 1990, when it was held in Pasadena instead of its current long-time home in Long Beach, Calif.Over the ensuing years, I’ve attended (I think) 11 installments, the latest being this past March 10-12. 

    Right as I walked into this...

  • Tuesday, March, 01, 2016 Eric Herman Blog: Filling the Information Gaps

    One of the enduring knocks against the pool and spa industry has long been what many see as a lack of quality educational opportunities. It's certainly true that there is no four-year college degree in aquatic design and construction, for example, which I've always viewed as one of the...

  • Tuesday, February, 02, 2016 A Soaring Achievement

    Located near the Whistler Mountain ski resort in British Columbia, this project was part of the original construction for a luxurious custom home. The daring cantilevered design and the precise engineering pushed custom pool builder Alka Pool to its creative and technical limits, resulting in one of the firm's most unusual and spectacular projects to date.

    Everything about this project was unusual, says Raphaelle Sorvinigo, COO for Alka Pool (Vancouver, B.C.). Built during...

  • Thursday, January, 21, 2016 Drought and Pools: The Long View

    It's raining in California and that comes as welcome news for a state badly impacted by the recent historic drought. Unfortunately, no matter how much it rains and snows in the Golden State this year, it won't be enough to replenish reservoirs and aquifers that have been badly depleted over the past four years.

    Through this drought and others in recent memory, the aquatics industry has learned the hard way that when the weather turns dry, recreational bodies of water are among the...