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.
  • Tuesday, January, 12, 2016 Eric Herman Blog: Inside the Storm

    It was one of the longest, coldest and scariest drives of my life. On Sunday January 3rd I was making a 1,041-mile journey northward from Santa Cruz, Calif., to our new home in Gig Harbor, Wash. – but Mother Nature seemed to have other ideas.

    When I left the forecast was for clear, cold but dry conditions. I was soon to learn, however, that in the peripatetic ways of the great Pacific Northwest climate, predicting the weather is an imperfect science. As I made my way into southern...

  • Wednesday, December, 23, 2015 A Most Happy Holiday

    As the song says, Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. The season of giving, family and togetherness, it’s when we show those closest to us how much we love them and how important they are in our day-to-day lives.  

    It’s also a time that reminds us of our childhood and...

  • Monday, November, 16, 2015 VGB's Legacy: Drainless Fiberglass Pools

    December 19 will mark seven years since the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act — the most significant government regulation impacting the industry this century — was implemented. It's been a rocky road to compliance.

    The bill was met with considerable confusion and reluctance on the part of cash-strapped pool operators. The biggest gaff came in May 2011 when the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency in charge of VGB, audited all test lab reports, and found some...

  • Thursday, November, 05, 2015 Seeking and Finding at PSP Expo

    Back in August, I shared some thoughts about the nature of criticism and my belief that it's helpful to use critique as a means of effecting positive change. That column sparked a great deal of discussion and overall I've been gratified by the rich and often colorful exchange.

    This time around I thought I'd offer a follow on to those salvos with a few observations about the PSP Expo, which takes...

  • Thursday, October, 29, 2015 New Thinking: Chlorine/Cyanuric Acid In Balance

    Despite the settled standards for swimming pool water chemistry, there's a powerful argument to be made for rethinking one of the most fundamental aspects of water treatment: the relationship between chlorine and cyanuric acid. Here, chemical consultant and author Robert Lowry makes his case.

    The swimming pool industry has long embraced the recommended standard for chlorine concentrations of 1 to 3 ppm or 2 to 4 ppm, depending on who's doing the recommending. The industry...

  • Thursday, October, 08, 2015 60-Mil On The Surface

    The words "vinyl liner" mean different things to different people. For most, the familiar term refers to the colorful, waterproof barrier that hangs from the sides of affordable package pools. But there is another liner application that, while less well known, could serve as an alternative to plaster, exposed aggregate, pool paint or fiberglass as a resurfacing option.

    It involves welding 60-mil PVC membranes over a pool's worn out interior surface. The installer uses membrane...

  • Tuesday, September, 08, 2015 The Bikini: An Abbreviated History

    Few things say aquatic fun more clearly than the two-piece woman's swimwear garment known as the bikini. Once considered scandalous (or even obscene to some), for the past seven decades, the bikini has nonetheless become a fixture in women's fashion and beachwear.

    Although estimates vary, since 2000, worldwide bikini sales have hovered around $1 billion.

    Some fashion historians and even more scholarly sociologists point to the rise of the bikini as a harbinger of feminism in...

  • Tuesday, September, 08, 2015 Comin' Down Fast

    From the classic blue fiberglass slides of the '60s and '70s to the composite materials and dynamic variety of today's models, waterslides have without doubt come a long...

  • Tuesday, September, 08, 2015 Optimism by Osmosis

    In preparing the Fun Issue, I couldn't help but think of some of the people I've come to know who personify the upbeat spirit of the aquatic industries. One of those is my good friend Brian Van Bower, co-founder of Genesis and long-time industry leader, a guy who's well known for his love of the "good life."

    Many years ago, Brian shared with me a profoundly sunny thought: our industry's No. 1 priority should always be to "not...

  • Saturday, August, 01, 2015 Eric Herman Blog: THINK Before Bashing Industry

    I need to get something off my chest; hopefully it makes some sense.

    Ever since I first came to the pool and spa industry in 1989, a certain social pastime has been a constant part of the scene: industry bashing. Whether in times of difficulty or at the peak of prosperity, knocking the industry has become a preoccupation, if not an obsession for some.

    Before I come to the main point, please understand that at times, I've been right there in the thick of it. In fact, part of...