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, October, 16, 2018 An Experiment in Energy Efficiency

    It's no secret that variable-speed pumps have become the primary means for increasing energy efficiency in pools. Since their introduction in the early 2000s, the technology has become widely accepted at all...

  • Tuesday, October, 16, 2018 The Art of Construction

    Over my many years writing about the pool and spa industry, I’ve witnessed scores of pools in the installation and renovation process. It’s a process that never ceases to amaze me.

    I’ve seen pools built outdoors and indoors, in high-rises and tiny backyards, on large estates, cantilevered off the sides of mountains, by the ocean, in the desert, in lavish resorts and middleclass homes. Every pool is different from the last, every client has his or her own particular wish lists and...

  • Thursday, October, 11, 2018 Covers Go Custom

    The advantages of automatic pool covers are well documented. From safety to increased heating efficiency, ease of service, aesthetics and convenient operation, owners of both high-end and middleclass pools are opting for automatic covers in greater numbers.

    Complicating matters for auto cover manufacturers, however, is increasing customer interest in customized pools, pushing manufacturers to create covers than can cooperate with the myriad features that can be found in today's...

  • Thursday, October, 11, 2018 A Long Way Down!

    It's claimed to be the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. Flowing 108 meters (350 feet) down the glass exterior of the Liebian International Building in Guiyang, China, capital of Guizhou province, the waterfall measures about three meters taller than the previous record holder, the falls at the Solar City Tower in Rio de Janeiro.

    Built by Ludi Industry Group, the waterfall system draws recycled water from reservoir tanks located in the building's basement. It is then...

  • Tuesday, October, 02, 2018 Pool Chemistry Training Institute Hits High Notes

    This past Saturday, Sept. 29, I had the pleasure of attending a daylong chemistry class in Sacramento, Calif., presented by my long-time friends and associates Robert Lowry and Greg Garrett. Suffice to say, it was a day very well spent.

    Last year, the pair teamed up to establish the Pool Chemistry Training Institute, which is based largely on chemistry manuals authored by Lowry for IPSSA. Both men are...

  • Tuesday, October, 02, 2018 Zodiac Pulls Jandy Products from E-Commerce Sites

    In a bold move that could have far-reaching impact on the way many dealers in the pool and spa industry do business, Zodiac Pool Systems has announced that it is prohibiting internet sales for the Jandy Pro Series, a line that includes more than 400 products.

    In a Sept. 28 press release, Zodiac announced that the change is a continuation of its “trade series policy” it established in 2014, in which the company altered its warranty program in favor of the trade. The new policy, which...

  • Tuesday, September, 25, 2018 Is Wellness Working?

    Back in 2016, spa manufacturing giant Watkins changed its name to Watkins Wellness. It was an attention-getting move that not only demonstrated the company's commitment to the wellness message, but was also in many ways...

  • Tuesday, September, 18, 2018 The Humble Slide, Amplified

    For some products, form and function can be difficult to marry, and for years, waterslides have largely fallen into that category. While slides add big fun to many an aquatic environment, they also typically rank among the more visually awkward features.

    Enter Splinter Works, a British manufacturer that has introduced a line of waterslides that completely reinvents the concept. The company was formed in 2009 as a collaboration between design pioneers Miles Hartwell and Matt...

  • Tuesday, September, 04, 2018 Frothy Fun

    Designing and building beautiful aquatic spaces is often about reflecting the clients' personalities — at least it should be, according to Dennis Loy of Loy Custom Pool Designs in Austin, Texas. The project you see here offers a perfect example. The husband brews his own beer under the brand name Splash Craft Brewery, and his wife is an arts-and-crafts and gardening enthusiast. Loy's design integrates these passions into a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space that includes a backyard brewery...

  • Tuesday, September, 04, 2018 Acrylic Goes Commercial

    Although portable spas dominate the residential hot water market, concrete leads the way in commercial settings, where building codes and sizing needs give custom concrete hot tubs the advantage. There's a Canadian manufacturer, however, that's trying to change that perception a little.

    HydroTher, an acrylic hot tub manufacturer based in Mississauga, Ont., is making inroads into the commercial market by offering a line designed for high-use and commercial code compliance. According...