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  • In Memoriam: Don Burns, Former CPSA Executive Director

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Don Burns, former executive director of the California Pool and Spa Industry Education Council (formerly SPEC, now known as CPSA), passed away early Tuesday morning from heart complications.

    In his 30-year tenure as the head of CPSA, Burns made it his mission to advocate for industry professionals not just in California, but nationwide. He had a keen...

  • NSPF Introduces New Service Training Course

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation is pleased to introduce a comprehensive blended training program to the aquatic industry: Advance Service Technician Course. The 45-60 hour blended online and in-class course provides knowledge on equipment installation, maintenance, repair, and more.

    The Advanced Service Technician Course is designed to deliver the required knowledge and skills to...

  • What Can the Industry Expect from a Trump Administration?

    by Andrew Brown March 2017

    Since the inauguration, President Trump has initiated a series of sweeping changes in policy, with more to come. The question on everybody's mind is, "How will the new administration affect me?"

    Only time will tell for sure, but since the same party controls both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, there is a good chance that significant legislation will pass and become law. An industry that sits back and waits for these changes to happen puts itself at risk. That's why...

  • Overtime Regulations on Hold

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    New overtime regulations enacted by the Obama Administration this summer are now on hold after a Texas judge filed a nationwide injunction last week.

    The regulations, initially scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1, required employers to pay overtime to employees earning up to $47,476 each year. Currently, the threshold is $23,660, which was last updated in 2004.

    As Melanie Trottman and Ruth Simon of the

  • Lawful or Successful

    by Steve Sherwood November 2016

    Before I moved to Los Angeles earlier this year, I ran a pool company in New Jersey for the better part of a decade. My brother and I had a residential and commercial service company and also taught CPO classes for the National Swimming Pool Foundation. We taught around 200 courses in 15 states, certifying upwards of 3,000 students a year.

    After a successful run in the East Coast pool industry, I was pretty confident about my prospects on the other side of the country with its huge...

  • New Overtime Law In Limbo

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    New regulations from the Obama administration requiring companies to dramatically expand overtime pay remain in legislative limbo, likely pending results of the upcoming national election.

    The new rules (detailed below) were announced in May of this year, and originally set to go into effect December 1. The U.S. House of Representatives, however, passed a bill on September 29, which would delay implementation until the summer of 2017.

    It is likely the ultimate fate of the...

  • ISPSC Mandatory in 8 States

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    By 2017, the adoption of the ISPSC will be mandatory in eight states. The latest states to adopt the ISPSC are Washington and West Virginia. In January 2017, the ISPSC will be also be in effect statewide in Georgia. New adoptions by local districts and municipalities include Longmont (Colorado), Pearl River Valley-Water Supply District (Mississippi) and Andrews, Cleveland and Kileen, Texas.

    Currently, there are 56 local ISPSC adoptions. Published in partnership with the APSP and...

  • 8 Years Later: A Look Back at Virginia Graeme Baker

    by William N. Rowley September 2016

    It’s hard to believe it’s been almost eight years.

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act went into effect December 19, 2008, culminating a contentious national debate over measures needed to eliminate suction entrapment accidents.

    The stated objectives of VGB were to enhance the safety of public and private pools and spas; reduce child drowning and the number of suction entrapment incidents, injuries and deaths; and educate the public on the importance of...

  • Pump Standards Agreement Reached

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    An agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps was approved last week by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee.

    Based on DOE’s analysis, the standards will save more than 400 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity over 30 years of sales or the equivalent amount of electricity used annually by 37 million U.S. households, making it one of the biggest energy savings...

  • California Eases Water Conservation Restrictions

    by Eric Herman May 2016

    In a major shift in water-conservation policy, California state regulators voted Wednesday, May 18, to lift conservation targets put in place last year as a result of the state’s recent historic drought. In place of the statewide 25-percent conservation rule for all residents and businesses, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new policy allowing individual water agencies throughout the state to adopt their own policies based on anticipated local demand and overall health of...