• Meet the 2015 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    If you’re a service technician, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of the Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy/Gal Contest. Each year, hundreds of dedicated pool and spa service professionals are nominated — by their clients, their peers or themselves — for the honor that goes to one guy and gal each year. The competition is fierce: To date, more than 600 service pros have entered the contest, and more than 40,000 votes have been...

  • 5 Ways to Make Your Water Testing Station Pop

    by Cailley Hammel November 2015

    For the past several months, Gigi Carder has been on a mission.


  • Young Pros Go Behind the Scenes With Zodiac

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    A large proportion of the industry's most experienced veterans are expected to retire in the next few years. This fact raises the pressing questions: Who will replace them? And how are we developing the next generation of leaders?

    Those were the issues at hand as a promising group of young industry professionals traveled to Zodiac Pool Systems’ headquarters in Vista, Calif., to network, discuss ideas, brainstorm solutions and learn more about manufacturing in the pool and spa...

  • Business Briefs: November 2015

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    Spas For a Cause Raises $10,000 for NBCF

    Spas for a Cause, founded by Freeflow and Fantasy Spas, recently threw a “Pink Party” in Vista, Calif., to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Hundreds attended and purchased raffle tickets in hopes of winning a special edition pink hot tub.

    Before the raffle, local breast cancer survivors Kathleen Shawl Parkes and Traci Andrews spoke about their journey and reminded guests of the importance of early detection....

  • Business Briefs: Late October 2015

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    Water Tech Lends Support to Local YMCA

    Water Tech is giving back to the local community by volunteering to supply regular pool care technical help to its local YMCA, located just a few blocks from the company’s headquarters in East Brunswick, N.J.

    Water Tech President Guy Erlich, met with the Raritan Valley YMCA director, specifically inquiring about their swimming pool. “The YMCA in our neighborhood truly runs itself because people get involved and give a helping...

  • Economic News: U.S. Homebuilding Rebounds Slightly

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    After two straight months of declines, U.S. home building rebounded in September, mostly due to an increase in multifamily units, while single family units — a bellwether for the pool and spa industry — remained at previous levels.

    According to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday, housing starts rose 6.5% from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.21 million in September. An 18.3% surge in multifamily units, which include apartments and...

  • Business Briefs: October 2015

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    IPSSA Offers Low-Cost Group Liability Insurance

    The Independent Pool & Spa Service Association is pleased to offer pool and spa service professionals a $3 million liability insurance plan that includes HazMat, pollution and pop-up coverage.

    IPSSA members recognize how important it is for individual service professionals to have a comprehensive liability insurance program to support their business, especially in today’s day and age. With that in mind, the organization...

  • APSP Helps Shape Federal Pump Regs

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    The federal agency in charge of writing efficiency regulations for pool pumps has appointed a number of APSP members to a small group that will attempt to reach a consensus on pump efficiency standards.

    The U.S. Department of Energy Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee selected following APSP members: Jeff Farlow, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Patrizio Fumagalli, Bestway, USA, Inc.; Paul Lin, Regal Beloit Corporation; Ray Mirzaei, Waterway; and Doug Philhower,...

  • Awards Announced, Fan Voting Begins

    by AQUA Editors October 2015

    Recipients of the 45th annual International Awards of Excellence (AOE) have already been revealed in the October issue of AQUA Magazine, but this year's Fan Voting has just begun. All 70 award-winning installations are eligible for the Fan Favorite Award. Each installation can be viewed at where anyone can vote for their favorite installation and then share it on social media. Voting begins today and runs...

  • The Smart Pool Solution?

    by Cailley Hammel October 2015

    Internet disruption has turned the economy upside down. From taxi drivers to travel agents to ticket scalpers, nearly every profession has been transformed by the digital revolution. In fact, modern entrepreneurship mostly amounts to asking the question: How...