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  • Spa Soup: Why We Dump Spa Water

    by Robert W. Lowry April 2017

    Customers who are new to hot tub ownership, and even longtime owners, are always surprised — and a bit skeptical — when told they should drain their spa as often as three months. "That sounds like a lot of work. Is that really necessary?" they ask. Well, in short, yes.

    RELATED:How to Lengthen the Life of Spa Water

    The average person brings 100 million bacteria into the...

  • APSP Partners with the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is pleased to announce a collaborative affiliation with The Swimming Pool & Spa Association.
 Partnering with SPASA will provide substantial benefits to both organizations and in turn their members, in the sharing of ideas and knowledge relating to:

        •    Education
        •    Industry best practice
        •    Advocacy
        •    Research

    "We're thrilled with the opportunity to pool resources with such an...

  • Dealers Give Back During Incentive Trip to Hawaii

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    More than 330 travelers representing the Watkins Wellness family of brands traveled to Hawaii in February to celebrate their success and achievements over the past year.

    The trip was the finale of the 2016 Watkins Wellness Incentive Program, which rewards dealers who excel in the industry and reach their annual goals. This year, the trip sent dealers on an all-expense-paid trip to a “Pacific Paradise” at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, in Hawaii.

    In addition to...

  • Chloramines in Source Water

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) April 2017

    Many pool and spa pros know the main source of "combined chlorine" or chloramines in pools and spas is from the reaction of chlorine sanitizer with bather perspiration and waste. Less known is the fact that many municipalities use chloramines to treat tap water — a process known as chloramination — and thus unwanted chloramines are added to pools or spas when they're filled or topped up using public water.

    Chloramination is a process that mixes free chlorine (usually chlorine gas)...

  • Alice Cunningham: Why I Love 'The Power of Why'

    by Alice Cunningham April 2017

    Back in January, I began a discussion in AQUA about informational resources from outside our industry that might help fuel both individual and shared success. I’d like to continue down that path here with a look at one of the truly visionary business leaders, authors and thinkers working these days – Simon...

  • pHin: Here To Stay

    by Cailley Hammel April 2017

    Quick Recap

    What is pHin?

    pHin is a water sensor that continually measures pH, ORP, and temperature. Once a month, the mobile app asks the customer to use a test strip, which it scans to access free chlorine, total alkalinity, total hardness and cyanuric acid.

    How does it work?

    Homeowners and/or

    ...
  • Research: Water Immersion Yields Neurological Benefits

    by Eric Herman April 2017

    Ever since the first time humans stepped into a warm geothermal pool, we've known how good it feels. And beyond that wonderful sensation of aquatic immersion, we've also long suspected doing so is really good for us.

    Thanks to an ever-growing body of research, we've learned how swimming can lower blood pressure,

  • From Solo Owner to ESOP

    by Cailley Hammel April 2017

    By the Numbers

    A study has found ESOPs appear to increase sales, employment and sales per employee by about 2.3 to 2.4 percent.*

    * Source: Joseph Blasi, Douglas Kruse, and Dan Weltman, "Firm Survival and Performance in Privately-Held ESOP Companies," 2013

    Jim Van...

  • Product Focus: 2017 Backyard Safety Products

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    For pool and spa professionals, safety is always a top concern. Luckily, there's plenty of products out there designed to help you keep your customers safe in the backyard. Here, we look at 2017's new and bestselling safety offerings, from pool covers and gates to alarms — and more.

    RELATED: This Service Company Takes Safety to the Next Level

  • Sponsored Video: How to Paint a Pool

    by Ramuc Pool Paint April 2017

    Need to revitalize a pool? A fresh coat of paint is a cost-efficient way to protect and beautify most any aquatic structure. RAMUC’s expertise is in developing specialty coatings designed to withstand the conditions that exist underwater, such as harsh chemicals, salt, lotions, water movement, temperature changes and UV rays. RAMUC — a brand name you can trust.