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, December, 06, 2012 Coming to Terms With Hot Water

    Question: What is up with our industry using the term “hot tub” to describe bodies of hot water equipped with therapy jets?

    For the longest time, I thought we were comfortable with the term “spa.” It’s a lovely, compact word that conveys a sense of luxury and has served our industry well for decades now. (And as a matter of historic...

  • Tuesday, November, 27, 2012 Making Scents: The History of Spa Fragrances
    Karin Hildebrand Lau |

    The world of fragrance is not something typically associated with pools and spas. That is, until one considers the work of spa-fragrance manufacturers, who for the past three decades have turned to the artistry and science of the olfactory senses as a way to accentuate the hot water experience. Here, Senior Editor

  • Thursday, November, 15, 2012 Technically Speaking: Variable-Speed Motors
    photo of pool pump

    Variable-speed-drive pump and motor technology has changed the way the pool and spa industry thinks about energy efficiency. Gone are the days when builders, servicers, pool operators and homeowners had only one, two or perhaps three speeds available to power circulation systems.

    With the advent of variable-speed-drive technology, the...

  • Tuesday, October, 16, 2012 Stealing Images is Wrong

    I could almost let that headline stand alone, but for the sake of driving home an important point, I’ll elaborate.

    I was recently talking with my good friend, David Knox, founder and fountainhead behind Lightstreams Glass Tile, when he mentioned that he had recently been the victim of image theft. Specifically, another company that sells glass tile lifted his images off of the Lightstreams website and posted them as if said images were their own. To make matters worse, the...

  • Friday, October, 05, 2012 Through the Lantern Glass: The Landscape Photography of Frances Benjamin Johnston
    Although built in 1898, photographed here in 1913, “Pres Choisis,” Albert Herter’s house, located on Georgica Pond in East Hampton, N.Y., looks as though it could be a custom waterfront property in the 21st Century. The rectilinear architecture of Grovesnor Atterbury suggests early modernism cleverly softened by the landscape, designed by Adele McGinnis and
  • Tuesday, September, 25, 2012 Dirty Water Poses West Nile Risk

    Due to recent confirmed cases of West Nile Virus near Redlands and Loma Linda, Calif., San Bernardino County sheriff's helicopter crews are looking for unmaintained swimming pools and other standing bodies of water where mosquitoes are breeding.

    As of Friday, Aug. 31, two human cases of West Nile had been confirmed in San Bernardino County and one human case had been confirmed in Riverside County, according to the state Department of Public Health.


  • Thursday, September, 20, 2012 Capturing The Moment: The Power of Photography in the Pool Industry
    photo of a waterfall
    Photo courtesy Frances Benjamin Johnston

    One of things I truly enjoy about this modern era of instant communications is what's happened to the way people use photographs. From commercial and personal websites, to email, to social networking venues, to PowerPoint presentations, almost everyone it seems is instantly sharing digital images....

  • Tuesday, September, 18, 2012 ART Returns to Scottsdale

    Artistic Resources and Training (ART), the new educational program for builders created by Mark Holden and David Tisherman, is set for its second outing at the end of this month, September 28-30 in Scottsdale, Ariz. 

    Following its May debut in the same venue, a program that was greeted with uniformly positive reviews, this second offering features four classes:...

  • Thursday, September, 13, 2012 Reflecting Absence

    This past September 11, while spending a few quiet moments contemplating the events of 11 years ago, I couldn’t help but take careful notice of the waterfalls and reflecting pools that now occupy the footprints of the Twin Towers.

    It struck me that in this most hallowed ground, the people guiding the development of the memorial chose water as the element...

  • Wednesday, September, 05, 2012 Sustainable Landscapes

    photo of pool with flowers Several years ago I was attending a class that was part of a Genesis 3 program in Moro Bay, Calif., which focused on designing with Feng Shui. The class was attended by swimming pool builders who for the most part were unfamiliar with the Chinese art of creating spaces that promote the harmony of physical and spiritual energy – certainly not a group of people one...