Eric Herman
Eric Herman, former editor of WaterShapes, is senior editor at AQUA magazine.
  • Monday, March, 20, 2017 Solving Our Labor Shortage

    It’s been the same story for years: the availability of young talent, or lack thereof, remains a vexing issue for the pool and spa industry. Our industry simply doesn't know how to draw young people into the fold.

    The issue was on my mind recently when I saw a press release about an annual competition that might hold some answers, or at least point the industry in a fresh direction. It’s called the

  • Tuesday, March, 14, 2017 Pools on the Airwaves

    Like thousands of service company owners across the nation, Michael Miller runs his business offering pool service, repair, renovation and retail, all week long. Miller Pools in Pasadena, Texas, services about 750 pools weekly, has three repair trucks, 13 service trucks, a retail store and showroom, and employs 33 full-time employees. He is also president of APSP's Houston chapter.

    Five days a week, he's a busy pool guy. But on the sixth day, Michael Miller steps away from his daily...

  • Thursday, March, 09, 2017 Defeating the Fear of Swimming

    Last month I posted a blog all about the importance of addressing the all-too-common fear of deep water. At the time, I was working on a small suite of articles for upcoming issues of AQUA that, to varying degrees, deal with different aspects of aquatic safety and how the industry can approach safety from a positive standpoint. Those recent forays reinforced two aspects of safety that warrant further discussion and, hopefully,...

  • Thursday, March, 09, 2017 Swimming Among the Ruins

    In what was once the Turkish town of Hieropolis, history and aquatic enthusiasts can swim in a pool that's filled with ancient ruins, one in which Cleopatra is claimed to have luxuriated.

    Heiropolis became popular...

  • Thursday, March, 09, 2017 Indoor Pools: How to Clear the Air and Help Swimmers Breathe

    A major goal for the new indoor aquatics center at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., was to improve the quality of the air swimmers breathe during workouts through the use of a system that pulls in disinfection by-products and chloramines from just above the water's surface.

    To that end, a stainless steel gutter system surmounted by a Paddock Chloramine Evacuator System was installed on all four sides of the pool by designer/builder Bill Drakeley of the Drakeley Pool...

  • Tuesday, February, 28, 2017 Demand for Fiberglass Doubles — Experts Explain Why

    {bglink 4680}In 2006, fiberglass pools accounted for 8 percent of inground residential pool sales, according to P.K. Data. In 2015 that market share rose to 16 percent.

    Although that apparent doubling in market share comes with caveat — the P.K. Data numbers are based on sales in areas requiring pool permits, which necessarily excludes large market regions where permits are not required — there is ample evidence of a surge in fiberglass popularity.

    "We can look at...

  • Thursday, February, 23, 2017 Embracing the Deep End

    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...

  • Tuesday, February, 21, 2017 Understanding Advanced Oxidation Process

    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...

  • Wednesday, February, 15, 2017 De-Vinyl Lines

    {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...

  • Monday, February, 13, 2017 Finding Hope

    Within the walls of the Ruben M. Torres State Prison in Hondo, Tex., pool builder Michael Logsdon is helping inmates find hope for themselves and make a new start in life.

    For the past three years, Logsdon, a landscape architect and pool builder located in nearby Boerne, has...