Eric Herman
A writer/editor with 32 years experience covering a wide range of business, technical, scientific and cultural topics, Eric joined the AQUA staff in August 2011 following 12 years as editor and co-founder of WaterShapes Magazine. He now serves as AQUA's senior editor. He can be reached at eric@aquamagazine.com.
  • Tuesday, November, 07, 2017 Source Water Provides the Baseline

    "When you go to a doctor and they test your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and weight, they're establishing a baseline that supports diagnosis and treatment. That's what you're doing when you test water at the tap," says Greg Garrett, director of technical services for Applied Materials Technologies and long-time member and instructor for the National Plasterers Council. "You're establishing a basis that will enable you determine how to adjust water chemistry for start-ups or...

  • Thursday, November, 02, 2017 Finding the Voice of Wellness

    Calls for the industry to mount a national PR and advertising campaign extolling the health benefits of aquatic exercise and immersion have been heard for decades. Yet for all of those good intentions, such a campaign has never come close to becoming a reality.

    Now, however, leaders in the hot water industry are coalescing around a wellness message, raising the prospect of finding a collective voice through other means. According to some industry insiders, the solution may be to...

  • Monday, October, 30, 2017 Rendering the Future

    Has digital design technology adapted itself to the aquatics design industry, or has the industry adapted itself to the technology? It's an interesting conundrum. The best answer is that it's almost certainly some of both.

    As technology has advanced, the way designs are created, presented, sold and ultimately built has clearly evolved. By the same token, programs that target landscape and pool design have had to adapt to the challenges specific to working with water, hardscape and...

  • Thursday, September, 28, 2017 The Jigsaw Waterslide

    There's more than one way to build a water slide.

    On the DIY front, there's the plastic or vinyl sheeting with a garden hose, an approach that will probably live on indefinitely in backyards occupied by enterprising children. Some homeowners opt for the far more elaborate inflatable slides that are rented like bounce houses for birthdays and other special events. For use with pools, there are the familiar drop-in manufactured slides that bolt onto the deck, which are typically used...

  • Tuesday, September, 19, 2017 The Wide World of Custom Spas

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  • Tuesday, September, 12, 2017 Former Jandy CEO Authors Family Biography

    This past summer I had the privilege of editing a book about one of the industry’s true pioneers. It’s called “Fathers of Invention: An American Story of Faith, Family and Innovation” by Andrew A. Pansini, former CEO of Jandy. 

    The story focuses mostly on Pansini’s dad, Andrew L....

  • Thursday, September, 07, 2017 Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, It's a Spool!

    It's a term that begs a question. Is it a really small swimming pool? Or is it a reference to vessels that combine small pool compactness with the ability to function like a spa?

    Then there's the other moniker for these diminutive hybrids, "cocktail pools" — does that mean a pleasure-inducing mixture of pool and spa functions? Or is it something else?

    According to Robert Blanda, the New York designer/builder credited with coining the phrase, "A

  • Tuesday, August, 29, 2017 The History of Hot Water Wellness

    You don't have to look very far to see we're inundated with information about the health benefits of soaking/bathing in hot water. Some might even go so far as to say we're currently in a Golden Era of hydrotherapy research.

    What makes much of this fluid discourse feel so new is that it runs counter to the hedonism, party lifestyle and brazen sexuality that defined the "hot tub" experience of the '70s and '80s, the period when modern portable spas and hot tubs became modern...

  • Tuesday, August, 29, 2017 When the Powers of the Sun Combine

    While solar heaters have maintained a steady niche in the swimming pool market, solar manufacturers and installers over the years have had to adapt to evolving technology and consumer preferences. A new technology invented by FAFCO called CoolPV, a hybrid technology that combines solar water heating with photovoltaic...

  • Thursday, August, 10, 2017 Ozone Vs. Cryptosporidium: Fighting a Wave of Outbreaks

    Despite widespread efforts to eradicate water-related illnesses, outbreaks of cryptosporidium in public pools, splash pads and waterparks doubled between 2014 and 2016, according to a recent report from the U.S....