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
  • Wednesday, January, 14, 2015 The Power of Influence
    photo of a Farley pool project

    Have you ever heard the phrase, “Good writers borrow, great writers steal.”…?

    I first heard it back in college from an instructor who attributed the quote to T.S. Elliot. It was part of a terrific lecture about the way creative minds use prior works to fuel their own efforts. The basic idea is that the better you are...

  • Tuesday, November, 18, 2014 The Pool Industry: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful
    photo of palm trees near the ocean and a pool drain

    Over the past year, I’ve leveled some fairly heavy criticism at the pool construction industry. Some of you have taken me to task over my comments about our industry’s reluctance to embrace change and my speculation about why there seems to be an ongoing spate of construction defects and failures. Others have been...

  • Tuesday, October, 21, 2014 NY Settles $5M Crypto Suit

    After nine years of litigation and legal wrangling, New York State recently reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit stemming from a 2005 outbreak of cryptosporidium. Over 2,500 plaintiffs will share $5 million paid by the state as reparations for infections suffered after being exposed to the waterborne disease at the Seneca Lake spray park from June 1 to August 17, 2005. 

    The settlement coincides with the publication of the Model Aquatic Health Code, a sweeping document...

  • Wednesday, October, 15, 2014 Material Memories
    photo of stone pool tiling

    When I was a kid, my grandfather had a passion for geology and loved sharing what he knew with me. We would go to gem and mineral shows, go hiking for specimens and spend long hours in his workshop selecting, cutting and polishing stones. He was a quiet guy, didn’t say much, but when it came to appreciating geodes, quartz, marble, lava rocks and...

  • Thursday, October, 09, 2014 The Pool of the Future
    rendering of OVA Studios' 'Swimarium'
    Courtesy OVA Studio Limited

    It may very well be the most elaborate swimming pool concept ever. The “Swimarium” is the brainchild of visionary Hong Kong design group OVA Studios; it is an idea so bold, so technically advanced, it remains to be seen if one will ever be built. Yet even in concept, it might...

  • Thursday, September, 25, 2014 Serving Those Who Serve
    photo of Sgt. Brian Jergens and Paolo Bendetti
    Jergens, left, and Benedetti, right

    On August 7, 2011, Sgt. Brian Jergens suffered severe injuries during first deployment to Afghanistan when an IED explosion hit the Humvee he was driving. As a result of the blast, he lost both of his legs below the knee, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, hearing loss,...

  • Thursday, September, 18, 2014 The Leak Mystique

    It’s no surprise that pools leak. Most pools will at some point lose water through leaks in either the plumbing system or pool structure. What is surprising to some, however, is how nuanced and at times complex the leak detection challenge can be. Here, AQUA’s Senior Editor takes a look at the leak detection niche with an eye towards the value of...

  • Tuesday, September, 16, 2014 SLIDESHOW: A String of Shells

    Although fiberglass pools, for all of their advantages, are not typically associated with high-end clients and custom landscapes, proponents of pre-manufactured shells say the time has come for that to change. In this pictorial, AQUA...

  • Thursday, September, 11, 2014 An Inside Look at Creating Outdoor Rooms
    Courtesy of Ryan Hughes

    “Outdoor room.” It’s a clever turn of phrase, arguably an oxymoron, certainly an ironic term at first blush. It’s an idea that has caught on in a big way over the past 20 years and is familiar to anyone interested in landscape design. As such clichés go, however, the outdoor room carries...

  • Thursday, August, 28, 2014 Why is Change Hard for Builders to Embrace?
    photo of a person's fist coming out of the water | Monchai Tudsamalee

    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."-George Bernard Shaw 

    It should seem rather...