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.
  • 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...

  • Saturday, August, 01, 2015 Water Quality Goes Mobile

    Outbreaks of waterborne illnesses — in particular, those caused by chloramine formation in pools — continue to cause concern. As a result, public interest in alternative sanitizers like ozone and UV has increased. Builder and water-quality advocate Steve Kenny recently decided to up the water-quality ante with a mobile demonstration system that is ready to take to the highway in pursuit of improved water quality in both residential and commercial pools.

    It's amazing the...

  • Thursday, July, 16, 2015 Mermaid Fins: Pleasure or Peril?

    Mermaid fins, a popular pool accouterment, were a hot topic at the annual Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel Conference in April.

    Although kids have taken to the slip on fins in a big way, officials in Alberta decided to establish a policy aimed at ensuring kids wearing the fins will do...