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, June, 14, 2016 The Basics of Buoyancy

    The fact that humans float in water is at the heart of why pools and spas exist in the first place. Yet, for as critical as buoyancy may be, do we really understand how it works? For most, including those of us in the pool and spa industry, the honest answer is we probably don’t, at least not with any scientific specificity.

    In the spirit of sharing basic information about aquatics and the science behind it, here’s a brief primer on buoyancy.

    For starters, buoyancy is...

  • Thursday, June, 09, 2016 Bromine Generation in Hot Tubs: A Chemistry Primer

    For the past 20 years or so, saltwater chlorine generation has been one of the industry's hottest topics. Developed originally in Australia, the technology caught on like wildfire in the last decade and remains a bestselling component of the pool system.

    During much of that time,...

  • Wednesday, May, 25, 2016 Pools and Spas: Appreciating the Familiar

    It’s true that when you become familiar with something, it can be easy to take that something for granted.

    Last week I was chatting with Chris Anderson of Custom Design Pools, a high-end designer/builder located in the greater Houston area, who made that very observation. He pointed out, accurately I believe, that for many...

  • Tuesday, May, 24, 2016 California Eases Water Conservation Restrictions

    In a major shift in water-conservation policy, California state regulators voted Wednesday, May 18, to lift conservation targets put in place last year as a result of the state’s recent historic drought. In place of the statewide 25-percent conservation rule for all residents and businesses, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new policy allowing individual water agencies throughout the state to adopt their own policies based on anticipated local demand and overall health of...

  • 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