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  • Who is More Conveniently Located for Pool Owners: Specialty Retailers or Big Box Stores?

    by Bil Kennedy May 2017

    Are pool stores closer to their pool-owning customers than mass merchants (like Walmart)? Pkdata takes a look.

    In retail, they say, location is everything. That would have to be especially true for pool stores. All other things being equal, would you rather have your pool store located within 10 miles of 5,000 households in Connecticut or Arizona?

    The answer isn’t as obvious as you...

  • Stars are Aligned for the Pool and Spa Industry

    by Peter Ricchiuti May 2017

    This economic recovery (now in its 90th month) is the third-longest, and most ignored, expansion on record. By calendar standards it seems to be "late in the game," but we may well go into "extra innings." As Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, notes, "In this recovery, companies have never overstaffed, overbuilt or over-inventoried."

    We still don't see the telltale signs of a stretched recovery or a looming recession. Interest rates remain...

  • NESPA Releases Results from 2017 Pool & Spa Industry Survey

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    NESPA has released the results of its second annual industry survey, a report that covers business trends, insights and strategies among pool and spa professionals in the Northeastern U.S.

    "Keeping our fingers on the pulse of our industry is essential for NESPA so that we can best serve our members and help our members best serve their customers,” says NESPA President Irene Insignares.  "As a business owner, having the chance to see what other companies are trying in the areas of...

  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    by Corey B. Rimmer, ARM, CRIS, RRE, CNA Insurance Risk Control Director April 2017

    Do you think you could be held liable if one of your employees causes an accident and injures another party while driving a company vehicle or using his or her personal vehicle while engaged in business-related activities?

    Want to Maximize Your Coverage? Consider Becoming APSP Certified

    Did you know individuals

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  • Workers Comp: How to Keep Costs Down

    by Phillip M. Perry April 2017

    Every company wants happy and healthy employees. When workplace accidents occur, it’s critically important to help the injured people recover and return to their jobs as quickly as possible. Workers compensation insurance plays an essential role by paying for medical treatment and protecting employers from civil lawsuits.

    What’s good for employee health, though, can be bad for the bottom line. Experience too many workplace accidents, or fail to identify and deal adequately with...

  • 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...

  • 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)...

  • Spring (Pool) Cleaning: Your Pool Opening Checklist

    by Kathryn Howard April 2017

    Spring has sprung, and the busy opening season is beginning in northern climes. For service pros perhaps returning to active service after the off-season, we provide this brief pool opening checklist, courtesy of Kris Schmitt, department manager for the design/build department at Neave Pools, Westchester, N.Y.

    Everyone needs a checklist to make sure nothing is overlooked — even NASA engineers use checklists before a launch. With that in mind, here's a recap of what you need to keep...

  • 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...