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  • Embracing the Deep End

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    Two out of three adults in the U.S. are afraid of deep water.

    I first heard that stat by way of a presentation at the 2008 World Aquatic Health Conference, and it still makes me stop and think. This pervasive fear must have major negative implications for the swimming pool and aquatics industries. After all, if people are afraid to go in water over their head, they are almost certain to avoid purchasing a swimming pool or using a commercial or public aquatic facility. There really...

  • Considering a Pool Slide? Here’s What You Need to Know

    by Matt Clawson, Houzz February 2017

    I was recently meeting with clients to discuss a rear yard landscape plan, and their 7-year-old son was sitting in. To keep him busy, they cued up Houzz on their iPad and let the boy's imagination run wild through a photo search. What was he looking at? Pool slides, of course.

    The kid in me got my mind racing, too. Who doesn't love a good water slide? But while a slide is every child's fantasy, it's the adults who will be the ones with a lot to consider before incorporating a slide...

  • If You Aren't Selling Automatic Pool Covers, You're Missing Out

    by Todd Cramer February 2017

    {bglink 4626}Ok, maybe that's a little aggressive. But in times when the laws requiring fenced-in pools are starting to change and water conservation is especially topical (especially in areas of extreme drought), the case for automatic pool covers has never been stronger. The technology is quickly evolving and the features available today make these products much more cost effective than in the past. All this adds up to a more intuitive, longer lasting and highly sought-after piece of pool...

  • 2017 Vinyl Liner Patterns: Sparkle, Mosaics and Pebbles

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    What’s new in the vinyl liner world? A lot, in fact. Take a look at this year’s new and bestselling liners and you’ll find everything from rustic mosaic looks and geometric patterns to designs that literally sparkle.

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  • Understanding Advanced Oxidation Process

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    Hydroxyl radicals exist for only a tiny fraction of a second. The reason for their extreme brevity is simple: hydroxyl radicals are remarkably reactive. So reactive, in fact, that they are far more potent as an oxidizer than chlorine gas, ozone or hypochlorous acid; that makes them well suited for oxidizing disinfection byproducts.

    Hydroxyl radicals are so short lived, however, they are still only part of the water treatment picture, but their power is being harnessed to improve...

  • NESPA Announces 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has named the winners for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards – Builders and Service Competition. For the first time, the award winners were announced at a cocktail reception held at The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City in January.

    The 2016 competition saw more than four dozen companies submit more than 200 entries for the Builders Competition and the Service Competition....

  • De-Vinyl Lines

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    {bglink 4683}Proponents of vinyl-liner/package pools believe the time has come (and passed) to let go of the stigma that once plagued their branch of the industry's family tree. No longer should vinyl liner pools be considered simply aboveground pools sunken into the ground nor should the term "baggies" ever be uttered again.

    The reason, they say, is that the package pool industry has evolved dramatically in recent years and now offers a list of benefits that compares favorably to...

  • Backyards by the Hour

    by Cailley Hammel February 2017

    As we all know, just about everyone dreams of going home to a beautiful backyard — one with a pool, spa or simply lots of cushy seating under beautiful lighting.

    The problem is, not everyone can.

    Of course, such backyard paradises don't come cheap. And many deal with space constraints, especially in urban areas. (Not to mention those who rent and don't have backyards to begin with.)

    In these people, who love the backyard experience but can't achieve it themselves,...

  • 45 Years in the Sunshine State

    by Cailley Hammel February 2017

    The "Orlando show," as it's colloquially known, has come a long way since its inception in 1972. After modest beginnings as a hotel tabletop show, the "Spring show," as attendees often called it, blossomed in both attendance and square footage. Fifteen years ago, the show made the leap to the Orange County Convention Center, cementing its status as a bona fide trade show within the pool and spa industry.

    This year, the show — renamed the Everything Under the Sun Expo in 2014 —...

  • Industry Love Stories

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    In celebration of the day on which we honor love itself, we present a few industry Valentines. And in accordance with primary school tradition, we're making sure everyone gets one.

    Some of our AQUA Valentines met their spouses on the job, starting out as co-workers and growing into something more. Many were born into the trade and brought their partners into the work. And others walked down the aisle — straight into the pool and spa business.

    Of course, being...