Scott Webb
Scott Webb has been with AQUA magazine in one capacity or another since April 2001; he now serves as executive editor. Scott has a degree from University of Cincinnati in Aerospace Engineering and lives in Madison, Wisc.
  • Tuesday, June, 14, 2016 Test For Success

    Good news: Pool and spa retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada continue to report growth this year from pool and spa sales to accessories and outdoor living products. But the biggest challenge to industry retailers remains protecting their share of the market against competition from big box retailers and online merchandisers.

    In the battle for today's pool and spa customer, too many retailers try to take on the behemoths head-to-head in the price arena, the home stadium of Amazon...

  • Tuesday, June, 07, 2016 APSP and NSPF: Leadership On Display

    Back in April, APSP and NSPF made the biggest industry news in years when they sat down and hammered out a bold and radical proposal to rationalize and unify their organizations.

    And here we are, several weeks later — the promise is made, the headlines have been splashed and now, the hard work lies before them. They must be murmuring to each other over the water cooler, "Can you believe we signed up for this?!"

    Imagine yourself, you, Mrs. Pool And Spa store owner, or you,...

  • Tuesday, May, 17, 2016 2016 SOI Service Report: Service is Where the Action Is

    In some ways, the post-recession pool and spa economy has mirrored the plodding U.S. economy with small, fairly uniform, positive increments recorded year on year. Annually, hopes have risen for a breakout, but those hopes have always been met with another modest gain.

    Under these conditions, the economic dynamic in the pool and spa industry has remained rather stable, with mid-level builders struggling to make profits in an extremely price-sensitive climate, high-end builders...

  • Wednesday, April, 20, 2016 Heat Pumps and Gas: North vs. South

    A homeowner has options for heating his pool — electric, solar, gas, heat pump or he can just wait until the summer sun takes effect — but for a good portion of the overall market, the choice comes down to the power and immediateness of gas versus the plodding efficiency and cost savings of a heat pump.

    As with other components in a pool system, there's no single "best" solution for all applications; it's just a matter of finding the right heater for the particular job — or perhaps...

  • Tuesday, March, 08, 2016 The Persistent Myths of Salt Systems

    The salt chlorine generator is one of the great success stories in the history of the industry. It automates the delivery of chlorine, providing a steady sanitizer level. It removes the burden of transporting chlorine products to the pool. And many consumers say the water in an SCG pool feels better on their skin.

    But from the days of its introduction to the industry decades ago, misunderstandings about the system have lingered among consumers. A recent survey from chemical vendor...

  • Tuesday, February, 09, 2016 Portable Spa Competitors Find Common Ground

    The pool and spa industry is not known for its willing teamwork and collegial spirit. At times, one may think it's an industry of adversaries that would rather sink than swim if swimming means working with rivals, even on projects of common interest.

    For we are all competitors. Every set of eyes moving across this page is working for a body trying to gain at the expense of another. But at the same time, there are areas where cooperation benefits all, and in that area of mutual...

  • Tuesday, February, 02, 2016 Why Chemical Pods Have Staying Power

    From the consumer's perspective, water care is the most important and thorniest of pool upkeep issues, and anything that demystifies and simplifies maintenance is a welcome relief. For this reason, the chemical convenience movement is one of the most important industry advancements in recent years.

    As crucial as it may be, pool and spa maintenance is well down the priority list for most pool owners. On any given day, there are a half dozen clearer and more present demands on a pool...

  • Thursday, January, 14, 2016 TEFC Pumps: Shelter from the Storm

    Like any piece of machinery, the day a pool pump motor is put into service is the day it begins to deteriorate. For the bearings, the windings, the insulation and the casing, the countdown has begun until one of these crucial pieces fail and the pump can turn no more.

    Pump motor failure and replacement rates have been an issue in the pool and spa industry for decades, but as the industry matures, the drive is toward extending life and thus necessitating fewer customer calls to the...

  • Tuesday, January, 05, 2016 2016 Outlook: Home Equity Driving P/S Sales

    Columnists like to paint a rosy picture on January 1, full of hope and optimism for the coming year, because it's easy to be cheery and that sort of blue sky and sunshine goes down pretty well with the readers. But not me — I tell it like it is. By coincidence, however, I am full of hope and optimism for 2016 pool and...

  • Thursday, December, 17, 2015 The Potential of ORP

    ORP/pH controllers have been used for decades, mostly on municipal pools, for water disinfection. In recent years, however, remote communications have created a more powerful application of this technology, enabling pool care technicians and operators to be more proactive in managing water.

    When sensors on an ORP unit read a deteriorating condition in pool or spa water, the unit can alert a pool care professional, allowing for immediate preventive action that can head off a...