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  • Q&A: 2016 Pleatco Perfect Pool Gal Jennifer Del Vaglio

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Nine years ago, Pleatco launched a contest to honor the men and women who elevate the service profession with superior technical prowess, excellent customer service skills and, above all, a love for the industry in which they work. Today, the Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy/Gal is one of the most coveted awards in the industry, drawing more than 100...

  • An Important Lesson for Service Techs

    by Tom Grandy November 2016

    Here's a question I get on a fairly regular basis: "Tom, my techs install and repair equipment. Why should I waste time explaining what it costs to run a company? They are techs, not owners."

    Think about that for a moment. More than 90 percent of all owners in the trade industries used to be...

  • World Aquatic Health Conference Sets New Attendance Record

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    The 13th-annual World Aquatic Health Conference, hosted by NSPF in Nashville, Tenn., drew a record number of attendees at its recent conference. The conference, held October 19 to 21 in Nashville, Tenn., welcomed 412 attendees, including 158 first-timers. Attendees included representatives from aquatic facilities, service providers, consultant companies, parks and recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders,...

  • 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...

  • PSP Expo 2016: Show Highlights

    by Cailley Hammel November 2016

    Last week, pool and spa pros from all over the country came together at the annual PSP Expo, which returned to New Orleans for the first time since 2012. In-between bites of gumbo and sips of hurricanes, attendees enjoyed a bustling show floor, a well-rounded assortment of classes...

  • CYA, pH, and Pool Water Treatment Realities

    by Kim Skinner November 2016

    For at least 40 years, many pool service companies have been successfully maintaining their residential pools on a once-a-week visitation basis. Empirical evidence has shown that pool water can be kept safe and properly sanitized without harmful bacteria and algae developing with weekly treatment programs. (An important and often unrecognized side benefit of this professional pool service is that it keeps hazardous chemicals out of the hands of pool owners and their children.)

    One...

  • 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...

  • Meet the Young Professionals of the Year

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    In addition to the Awards of Excellence, APSP doles out an array of individual awards for the people who aspire to better the pool and spa profession. Here, we share the recipients of this year's Young Professionals of the Year Award, which recognizes forward-thinking leaders under the age of 40 who will be the voice of the next generation of pool, spa and hot tub professionals.

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  • Courage in the Great Flood

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Around 3 a.m. on August 13, Tara Manufacturing driver Arthur Murray left his motel room in Kentwood, La., and drove into the darkness of a torrential rainstorm. Murray had only been working for Tara for three months but had already earned a reputation as a hard and dependable worker — in fact, he was starting early because he wanted to be on time in spite of the stormy weather. When he walked to his truck, the water in the parking lot was already ankle deep.

    Traveling down...

  • 'Why Am I at Fault?'

    by Ray Arouesty October 2016

    It happens all the time: a pool ladder breaks, causing an injury; someone drowns while swimming; a person slips on the steps while entering a pool. No matter how it happens, the result is the same: a claim or lawsuit against the pool service technician. When this happens, I'm always asked...