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
  • Thursday, August, 16, 2018 The Secret Life of Hot Tub Covers

    Although often taken for granted, hot tub covers are in many ways indispensable — so much so, in fact, that it’s rare to find an outdoor hot tub that doesn’t have one.

    Covers are essential for heat retention, cleanliness, safety, security and overall enjoyment. Because they are so integral to the operation and service life of hot tubs, taking proper care of covers is crucial.

    When properly maintained, covers can provide years of durable service. Yet for all of their...

  • Thursday, July, 26, 2018 Winter Cover Notes

    In many parts of the U.S. and Canada, spring was unusually cold this year as winter conditions hung on as late as May. Servicers along the East Coast and throughout the Midwest report that the cold weather caused delays in pool openings and in some cases forestalled necessary repairs.

    The tough conditions also caused wear and tear on winter covers that could lead to replacements and upgrades for some. Taking advantage of those opportunities means beginning those discussions with...

  • Tuesday, July, 24, 2018 Design in Place: Tropical Attitudes

    Between the warmth, abundant sunshine and ample rain, tropical locales around the globe are among the most lush and leisurely found anywhere. Many of those regions, such as Central America and the Caribbean, boast a seemingly endless number of desirable vacation spots famous for oceanic lifestyles, verdant forests and luxurious homes and resorts.

    For those who design and build aquatic outdoor environments, these settings offer both great opportunities and, often, significant...

  • Thursday, July, 19, 2018 Hot Designs in Hot Water

    For longer than I care to admit, the design snob in me has looked down my snooty snout on portable spas, or hot tubs, depending on the preferred terminology. (For this discussion I'll use my favorite term: "spas.") By whatever label, portable vessels that contain hot water were for many years more of a clunky appliance than part of the landscape, at least to my eyes.

    It's fair to say that comfort and hydrotherapy, rather than aesthetics, have long been the driving element behind spa...

  • Tuesday, July, 17, 2018 Illuminating Possibilities

    For landscape lighting designer Scott Armusewicz, Jr., it's all about discovering possibilities after the sun goes down. As lead lighting designer with Hamptons Landscape Lighting (Southampton, N.Y.), Armusewicz says he's always on the lookout for opportunities to create unique effects while also being sensitive to the client's needs.

    "It's all about finding that unique piece that will give the client something special, but at the same time give them exactly what they're looking...

  • Tuesday, July, 10, 2018 66 Million Gallons of Sparkling Water: How Do They Do It?

    They are both big and beautiful. The vessels created by Crystal Lagoons have achieved widespread international recognition for not only their gargantuan size and strikingly clear water, but also for their ability to generate elevated real estate value for the properties that surround them.

    Developed by Chilean scientist, innovator and entrepreneur Fernando Fischmann, the lagoons — which are not technically referred to as "swimming pools" — currently number 50 worldwide, largely in...

  • Thursday, June, 28, 2018 Developing New Methods of Pool Construction

    Over the past few months, I've come upon an interesting trend, one that has found its way into the pages of AQUA in three recent articles I've written.

    In a nutshell, I've noticed there are some potentially exciting and relatively new ways to build swimming pools that stand as dramatic departures from the familiar triumvirate of shotcrete/gunite, vinyl liner and fiberglass.


  • Tuesday, June, 26, 2018 The Million-Dollar Pool Design Challenge

    It’s an idea that could potentially change how people regard the aquatic design profession — especially those considering entering the industry. At the very least, it sure sounds like fun!

    The Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge will debut at this year’s International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in Las Vegas. The contest, which is being staged in conjunction with APSP and the association’s WAVE committee of...

  • Tuesday, June, 19, 2018 Even Better Than The Real Thing

    Wooden decks and swimming pools and spas have been natural companions for decades. While wood decks...

  • Tuesday, June, 12, 2018 22,000 Years of Comfort

    Saturnia, Italy, a small city in Tuscany, is believed to be the oldest settlement on the Italian Peninsula with ruins and artifacts in the town dating all the way back to the 20th century B.C. Saturnia is also home to an amazing set of thermal baths and waterfalls that are believed to have been in use by local residents and travelers since ancient times.

    Legend has it that the town was founded in honor of the god Saturn, who was banished to earth for his misdeeds. He took refuge on...