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.
  • Thursday, January, 24, 2019 The S-POOL Is Coming To Florida

    Back in May 2018, the AQUA team covered an Israeli company called S-POOL, which produces prefabricated concrete pool shells. The technique was based on a process used to make bomb shelters, which are in effect turned upside down and made into swimming pools.

    Following our coverage, the company began searching for U.S. firms to establish manufacturing operations in North America. That search led to Brad...

  • Thursday, January, 24, 2019 Real Estate Pool Inspections

    Pool are usually inspected for a specific reason. For example, it’s common to see inspections for overall safety, energy efficiency, structural integrity, surface issues, water quality or leaks. In these instances, the goal of an inspection is to identify specific problems in the pool system.

    Then there’s the other kind of inspection: those that take place as part of a real estate transaction, where the pool inspector’s job is to provide an overall “snapshot” of the pool’s...

  • Thursday, January, 17, 2019 The Secret Life of Biofilm

    Although most people in the industry have heard of it, few know the risks and mysteries of biofilm.

    Biofilm is almost everywhere. According to scientists who study it, wherever there's water, nutrients and a surface, biofilm is likely to form.

    It exists in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and oceans. It forms in all types of manmade water systems, from public utilities to factories, hospitals, dentist offices, dishwashers, cooling towers, washing machines, air conditioners and...

  • Thursday, January, 10, 2019 Honoring an Industry Stalwart

    When Paulette Pitrak, a small woman with a giant personality, passed away in November 2016, the industry lost one of its most dogged proponents of quality education, volunteerism and effective government relations.

    To honor her memory and legacy, NESPA has dedicated the training room at the association’s headquarters in Hamilton, N.J., in her name. Now called the Paulette Pitrak Training Room, the hands-on educational space was extensively renovated with state-of-the-art...

  • Tuesday, January, 08, 2019 Eric Herman Commentary: The DIY Conundrum

    As someone who is decidedly not handy at all, I’ve always respected and even envied people who are accomplished at DIY projects. There’s something so admirable about the can-do spirit and inventiveness of people who take pride in “doing it yourself.”

    When it comes to DIY swimming pools, however, my admiration gives way to a more cautious way of thinking. Having covered the pool/spa/aquatics industries for most of my adult life, I’ve come to appreciate the nuances, complexities and...

  • Friday, January, 04, 2019 Creating a Sound Experience

    Outdoor sound systems are fun. Whether you're playing Bach or the Beatles, hip-hop or country, incorporating sound adds an enjoyable dimension to almost any space.

    Like fire features, outdoor kitchens and lighting, sound systems are a natural fit for the backyard. However, they are often overlooked in the design process. MSE Audio, a maker of sound equipment for both indoors and outdoors, is taking on the professional aquatic/ landscape market with a host of products designed to...

  • Thursday, December, 20, 2018 A Holiday Homily: The Gift of Gratitude

    What’s your favorite part of the holidays? Is it the chance to spend time with loved ones and shower them with presents, food and affection? Is it the religious and spiritual observances many value so deeply? Is it found in the traditions we observe, or simply the opportunity to take a break? 

    For my humble part, I appreciate and treasure all of those glad tidings, but there’s a facet of the holiday experience that I find of even greater significance. In a word, my favorite part of...

  • Tuesday, December, 18, 2018 Tommy Tomson: The Works of a Modern Master

    The works of seminal landscape architect, civic planner and swimming pool pioneer Tommy Tomson will be exhibited at Modernism Week 2019, Feb. 14-24 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in Palm Springs, Calif.

    Tomson rose to prominence in 1920s Los Angeles, and worked with some of the most famous architects of the time including Gordon Kaufmann, Roland Coate, Wallace Neff, Paul Williams, Cliff May and Welton Becket.

    According to landscape historian Steven Keylon, who has...

  • Thursday, November, 29, 2018 Courage and Experimentation

    Juxtaposition, contrast and even contradiction – all are words that describe this impressive design by Bradley Renken, president of Hearthstone Luxury Pools + Outdoors in Marietta, Ga. To that list, Renken also adds...

  • Tuesday, November, 20, 2018 Pole Training Goes Aquatic

    Ever since the Acquapole was introduced in Turin, Italy, in 2010, describing the simple apparatus often begins by explaining that it has nothing to do with the kind of pole dancing associated with gentleman's clubs. Aquatic pole training, the form of exercise originated by the Acquapole's inventor, aquatic fitness...