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  • The Secret Behind Emotionally Compelling Landscape Design

    by Randy Tumber October 2016

    Have you ever wondered why some landscapes create an emotional response while others don't, even though they appear well designed and properly built? I believe the answer relates largely to the way the elements within a property relate to each other and in turn impact the experiences of those who spend time there.

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  • 2016 Awards of Excellence: Bronze Winners

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    APSP’s Awards of Excellence has a simple goal: To recognize the best and most beautiful in the pool building industry. Each year, top builders across the globe submit their best work for consideration, and the competition is steep, with hundreds of submission for the judges to comb through.

    And ladies and gentlemen, we have the winners.

    All month long on AQUA, we’ll reveal the 2016 AOE honorees. You’ll find a wide breadth of talent in these images, from skilled vanishing...

  • My Five CRAZIEST Customer Experiences

    by Merry Wise September 2016

    Fortunately, most of the customers we deal with in the pool and spa business are pretty substantial and sane people. These fine people are the source of our livelihood, and we treasure them. But get a group of your peers together for a casual discussion, and often the conversation will veer toward some of the lunatics each of us has dealt with over the years. So, just for fun, here are five of the craziest customer experiences I have encountered in the pool and spa business — either...

  • 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...

  • 2016 Award Winners Announced

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    APSP has announced the winners of its 2016 APSP Awards Program. The program recognizes prominent achievements and outstanding performers in the pool, spa and hot tub industry. Being recognized this year are 74 pool, hot tub and water feature projects in the design competition, and 18 individuals recognized for their contributions to the aquatic industry. One APSP Chapter earned top honors.

    All APSP recipients will be officially recognized in the October issue of AQUA Magazine and...

  • Why I Love This Industry

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    We don't claim it's perfect, and there are moments of frustration in any line of work, but overall, we have to admit the pool and spa industry is a great place to make a living.  The result of our toil and effort, in the end, is often a smile of relaxation and enjoyment on a little girl's face as she plays in a clean, clear water.

    Every year, in our State of the Industry Survey, we ask the professionals of this industry what they like most about the job. Today we offer a few of...

  • The Beautiful World of Pool & Spa Combos

    by Eric Herman September 2016

    Many years ago, in the early days of what was then known as Genesis 3, co-founder Skip Phillips of Questar Pools was delivering a lecture about water-in-transit design. Part of his discussion centered on what he saw as the lack of creativity and design ingenuity when it comes to attached spas.

    Paraphrasing, he explained it was a shame so many builders simply create unimaginative vessels that, his words, "indiscriminately puke water" from the spa into the pool. A rather vivid...

  • Using Air and Acid to Quickly Get Perfect pH/Alkalinity

    by Robert W. Lowry September 2016

    It sounds radical and way out there but it's easy to do and it works. You really can do this. Best of all, it uses muriatic acid which is cheap and something that is free — air.

    In a typical pool, pH is maintained at a recommended level of minimum 7.2 and a maximum of 7.8 with the ideal range of 7.4 to 7.6 (per APSP and many health department guidelines). The total alkalinity is maintained at a minimum of 80 ppm to a maximum of 160 ppm, with an ideal range of 100 ppm to 140...

  • AQUA Celebrates Four Decades

    by Scott Webb September 2016

    Forty years ago this month, we started out in the magazine business. We were Spa And Sauna magazine then. It was September 1976, the Olympics had just concluded, Bruce Jenner was in the headlines…

    Obviously, some things have changed.

    For example, Spa and Sauna magazine became AQUA. We changed the name to reflect the fact that most North American spa dealers were leisure aquatics dealers;...

  • APSP, NSPF Take Major Step Toward Unification

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    The boards of APSP and NSPF have agreed to hire Washington, D.C.-based AH, a professional services firm, to lead the unification process for the two aquatic organizations.

    AH specializes in helping non-profit organizations achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes.  President & CEO Bob Waller, CAE, stated, “This initiative will be extremely positive for the aquatics industry and we are excited to be partnering with the APSP and the NSPF on this...